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In 2008 American rugby coach Tim Lewis won his first New Zealand premier club championship in the Bay of Plenty with Tauranga Sports, and this year, as American fans swarm through New Zealand during the World Cup, he has won another.

Lewis helped coach the Napier Pirates during their 125th anniversary year, and was part of the staff that led them to the final of the Bay Premier Club Championship, the Maddison Trophy.

With All Black fullback Israeal Dagg stepping in to help the Pirates, Napier defeated Havelock North 21-14 to claim the title.

“Not only has it been a fun and successful year with the Pirates but I'm also grateful to the players and coaching staff of the Hawkes Bay Magpies.”

The ITM Cup Championship 2011 Champions have allowed Lewis to spend time with their coaching staff and learn from them.

“To be involved with 2 championship sides of such a high level of rugby provides invaluable lessons and solid building blocks for future coaching positions,” Lewis said.