Kenyan International Lawrence Buyachi is the new head coach of Championship side South Coast Pirates.
Buyachi, a former Nakuru RFC backrower, replaces a fellow international Kenny Andola who stepped down last week.
"Pirates are pleased to confirm the appointment of Lawrence Buyachi as the club's head coach," said the club.
Commenting on Buyachi's appointment, South Coast Pirates chairman George Barbour said, "It's a huge step for the club to be able to have Lawrence accept to become our head coach. He takes over from where Kenny has left and we want to welcome and provide him with a good working environment."
Having enjoyed a successful stint as a player, where he won two Kenya Cup tittles and also represented the country at international level, Buyachi arrives in the south coast with a vast knowledge of the game and will be looking to add to his coaching credentials following involvement with Menengai High School and Kabarak University before joining Pirates.
Buyachi takes over from Andola who lead the club to Championship promotion and survival for two seasons to date. Pirates, alongside Mombasa RFC, are the only sides from the Coastal side playing top-flight rugby in Kenya.
"I am excited to be joining South Coast Pirates and my main focus will be to continue with the good work which coach Kenny began and I believe if we can work harder then we should be able to do well," said Buyachi on his confirmation as the official head coach.
Buyachi's addition to the club is also expected to improve the South Coast Pirates academy program under the Junior Rugby Academy (JRAC) programme which involves getting more numbers into rugby and improving the club's player depth with a special focus on developing school children within Kwale County and Coast region.
Additional material derived from Pirates' media