BACK AGAIN: The return of Steve Nance to the coaching ranks at Ipswich Grammar School has been a welcome one.
BACK AGAIN: The return of Steve Nance to the coaching ranks at Ipswich Grammar School has been a welcome one. Rob Williams

Nance return no song and dance

NIGEL Greive was one of the people most excited to see four-time GPS rugby premiership-winning coach Steve Nance return to the coaching ranks at Ipswich Grammar School this year.

"Certainly it's been a pleasure of mine,” the IGS director of sport and activities said.

"Steve and I have known each other for 30 years. He gave me my first job at the school in '88; he employed me as a young PE teacher.

"To get him back and involved in our programs is satisfying for myself. We're very lucky to have someone of his expertise come back.”

Nance's professional career since leaving IGS in the early 90s included stints with the Cowboys, Broncos, and the 1999 World Cup-winning Wallabies.

"I think the strength of someone like Steve Nance is just the wealth of knowledge he brings, and the efficiency with which he can produce the levels of fitness required,” Greive said of the career strength and conditioning coach.

"He's very efficient and bringing out the fitness of young men, and he's brought a new level of professionalism in the fitness processes.

"And it's been not just for the boys. It's been great for the staff to learn a lot in that area as well.

"The spin off has been very positive.”

Nance led IGS to four GPS premierships (84, 85, 88 and 89) during his previous tenure.

Whilst not expecting the same output in his second time around, Greive is adamant the First XV is better with Nance at the helm.

"Our aim is always to be as competitive as possible in what is an amazingly competitive environment of GPS rugby union,” Greive said.

"The longer Steve is part of that with IGS, the better it is for us.

"We look forward to another long association with Steve.”