San Diego Legion Names Danny Lee Head Coach & Director of Rugby

San Diego Legion Release

San Diego, CA (August 11, 2021) San Diego Legion is pleased to announce Danny Lee as its new Director of Rugby and Head Coach.

Lee is a former New Zealand All Black player and experienced international coach. His impressive playing background includes over 300+ first class games including for the All Blacks and in Super Rugby for the Chiefs and Highlanders. 

After ending his playing career, Lee spent the last 10 years coaching in New Zealand and Japan. Most recently, Lee was the head coach of the Honda Heat in Japan.

“I am truly excited for my next challenge in helping the Legion bring a championship home to San Diego. The Legion brand is well known throughout the world and I am eager to be a part of such a world class organization that is focused on growing rugby in the United States,” said Lee.

Darren Gardner, Legion Chairman, echoed Lee’s excitement: “Danny’s storied rugby playing  career and his well rounded coaching experience will be great additions to the Legion organization.Danny’s reputation precedes him. We are very much looking forward to having the benefit of his influence both as a head coach and as a director of rugby.”

“Danny will be a fantastic ambassador for the Legion and the game of rugby in San Diego and in the US more broadly. We are excited to see what we can do under his leadership. After a tough 2021 campaign, the San Diego rugby community will welcome Danny with open arms,” said Legion CEO, Ryan Patterson.

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