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Manawatu Cyclones

  • Fusi Feaunati

    Fusi Feaunati - Head Coach Manawatu Cyclones

    Born: 

    Occupation: Financial Systems Co-ordinator

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu Development Head Coach, Manawatu U19 Head Coach, Kia Toa Senior A Head Coach

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu Cyclones (FPC) Head Coach, Manawatu Rugby Resource Coach

    Bio:

  • Scott Lewis

    Scott Lewis - Assistant Coach Manawatu Cyclones

    Born: 20/03/1988

    Occupation: Property Valuer

    Current teams coaching: Massey Rams (3 years)

    Bio:  Attended PNBHS and then Massey University where I played senior rugby for 7 seasons and retired due to injury. Went into coaching straight away, wanting to give back to the club and found it highly rewarding and a good challenge.

    I recently married in January this year and enjoy spending time on our lifestyle block with the dogs.
    I'm a big follower and the NBA and NFL and enjoy a round of golf as much as I can in the summer.

Manawatu Development Team

  • Ben James

    Ben James - Head Coach Development

    Born: 09 May 1978

    Occupation: Soldier

    Previous teams coached: Linton SNR A’s

    Current teams coaching: Linton SNR A’s, Manawatu Development

    Bio: Born and bred in the mighty Manawatu. A college house student at PNBHS and 1st XV player in 95’/96’. A proud homeowner with my partner Noelene and 4 children Charlee, Izak, Kobe and Tatai. I am employed as a Sergeant in the NZ Army and have been privileged enough to have seen many parts of the world through work and rugby. My interests in my spare time are focused at keeping a nice home, spending valuable time with my friends and family, sport and playing in a band.

  • Glen Gregory

    Glen Gregory - Assistant Coach Development

    Born: 23:05:1985

    Occupation: Stock manager on finishing farm

    Previous teams coached: -

    Current teams coaching: Senior A FOBO head coach

    Bio: Age group rugby in Canterbury while at Lincoln university. Tasman makos from 2008-2010. Season in portugal, two seasons in Russia. Hunting fishing and diving.

  • Bruce Hemara

    Bruce Hemara - Assistant Coach Development

    Born: Palmerston North, New Zealand

    Occupation: PNBHS Coach development

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu Turbos 2006-2010

    Current teams coaching: PNBHS Resource coach

    Bio: Bruce is a former New Zealand rugby union player. A hooker, Hemara represented Manawatu at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, for the team's 1985 tour of Argentina. He played three matches for the All Blacks.

     

Manawatu Under 19's

  • Shane Ratima

    Shane Ratima - Head Coach Under 19

    Born: 16.2.80

    Occupation: Shearer/ Shearing Contractor

    Previous teams coached: NZ Heartland U19 assistant coach 2016
    Wanganui Heartland team 15,16 Technical Adviser
    Wanganui Development Head Coach 13,14

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu U 19

    Bio: I am 37 years old married to Kerin for 12 years and have 4 children. We own and operate a shearing contract business in Hunterville since 2005 and employ over 30 people peak season. I attended primary schools in Hunterville, Huntley (Marton) and then onto PNBHS for 5 years at College House. I spent 2 years in 1st XV coached by Joe Schdmit. Senior rugby days was over 13 year career with stints in the UK, Otago, Manawatu and Wanganui. Rugby still holds an important place in my life with coaching at a high level for the last 3 - 4 years. Other interests include golf, tennis, touch rugby, wakeboarding and rugby coaching. I am enjoying the opportunity coaching in the Manawatu and look forward to the national U19 tournament in September.

  • Greg Fleming

    Greg Fleming - Assistant Coach Under 19 Under 16

    Born: 7/10/74

    Occupation: Player Dev. Manager

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu U16s, 19s, Dev, Turbos. Canes u18s, 20s, Dev. CHB Rugby & Sports Prems. COB U6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu U 16s, 19s, Turbos

    Bio: Married to Nicola with 2 sons, played majority of career in HB for Central HB in Waipukurau, I enjoy fishing, surfing and watching my boys play sports.

  • Blair Van Stipriaan

    Blair Van Stipriaan - Assistant Coach Under 19

    Born: Singapore

    Occupation: PE Teacher/Dean of International Students

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu U16/Hurricanes U18

    Current teams coaching: PNBHS 1st XV/Hurricanes U20

    Bio: I have been married to Steph for 17 years and have two children Thomas and Charlotte. Neither are massive followers of rugby but they follow their father's teams!! I have coached at all levels at PNBHS and love the opportunity to have ring side seats to the best 1st XV competition in the world. Having an opportunity to have a role in assisting the development of our next Turbos, Hurricanes and All Blacks is a massive motivator. As is ensuring that the fire for rugby amongst our players remains after school.

Manawatu Under 16's

  • Potene Paewai

    Potene Paewai - Head Coach Under 16

    Born: 30/08/74

    Occupation: Secondary School Teacher - MANUKURA

    Previous teams coached:

    Club
    2013-14 Freyberg Old Boys Senior A
    2010-12 Feilding Old Boys-Oroua Senior A
    2007-08 Feilding Old Boys Senior A
    Representative
    2001-17 Manawatu Maori Mens / Colts / U18s
    2011 Manawatu U20
    2007 Manawatu U16
    School
    2009 - Hato Paora College 1st XV
    2005-06 Hato Paora College 1st XV

    Current teams coaching:

    2015 - Current MANUKURA U15s Rugby / Rugby League

    Bio:  Tena koutou,
    Born in Rotorua, raised in Feilding and Perth, Australia, I moved back to Manawatu in 1994 to attend Massey College of Education. During that time I aligned myself with Feilding Old Boys. I started out coaching when I had a serious injury and took the reins with the clubs U19 team in 2000. Since then, I have played sporadically for the club but have mainly coached at various levels. I enjoy coaching all levels but get a lot of satisfaction coaching at a youth level due to the amount of fun and learning that occurs. I am looking forward to the 2017 representative season and working with our future Turbos.

  • Dave Wilson

    Dave Wilson - Assistant Coach Under 16

    Born: Christchurch 17/07/1980

    Occupation: Police Detective

    Previous teams coached:

    2014 PNBHS premier 4

    2015 Old Boys Marist Colts Premier/ Manawatu Under 16

    2016 Old Boys Marist Colts Premier/ Manwatu Under 16

    Current teams coaching:

    2017 Old Boys Marist Development XV (Senior 2)/ Manawatu Under 16

    Bio: Born in Crusaders territory but now bleed the green of Manawatu and the Yellow of the Hurricanes, but still keep an interest in the Crusaders. I have been a member of the police for 15 years and gain satisfaction in helping members of our great Manawatu community. I played at all levels including Senior one Level for the Mighty High School Old boys and Old Boys Marist clubs

  • Greg Fleming

    Greg Fleming - Assistant Coach Under 19 Under 16

    Born: 7/10/74

    Occupation: Player Dev. Manager

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu U16s, 19s, Dev, Turbos. Canes u18s, 20s, Dev. CHB Rugby & Sports Prems. COB U6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu U 16s, 19s, Turbos

    Bio: Married to Nicola with 2 sons, played majority of career in HB for Central HB in Waipukurau, I enjoy fishing, surfing and watching my boys play sports.

Manawatu Under 14's

  • Delaney Hallet

    Delaney Hallet - Head Coach Under 14

    Born: 26/9/73 Lowerhutt

    Occupation: Attendance Advisor - Truancy Officer

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu Rugby - Assistant Coach U11 - Assistant Coach U12 - Head Coach U13 - 2014 - 2016 - If applicable - Manawatu Touch - Coach U11 - Coach U12 - Coach U13 - Coach U14, 2013 - 2016

    Current teams coaching: Manukura Black, secondary school age group division two. Manawatu U14 Head Coach - 2017

    Bio: Live in Feilding with my wife and 3 children. Attended Feilding Ag High School. Played rugby for the high school then played for Feilding old boys. Actively played for FOB pressies up until last year. Played Rugby League for Feilding. Represented Manawatu for Touch Rugby over the years and still actively playing, in nationals and masters games.

  • Dave Bidois

    Dave Bidois - Assistant Coach Under 14

    Born: October 24 1977, Rotorua

    Occupation: Business Development Representative (Valspar)

    Previous teams coached:
    Ngongotaha juniors (BOP)
    6 years Freyberg Old Boys juniors
    Freyberg HS U14a
    Freyberg HS U15a
    Assistant coach Freyberg 1stXV

    Current teams coaching: Head Coach Freyberg High School 1st XV

    Bio: Born and raised in Rotorua, played all my rugby for Ngongotaha rugby club as a young fella until entering Western Heights High School.
    Have been in the Manawatu region for 17 years and now call it home. Played a couple seasons for local manawatu club Freyberg Old Boys were I was approached to coach at a junior level, I took up the offer and 11 years later I still really enjoy working with and developing our talented young players and seeing them achieve their full potential.

Manawatu Under 13's

  • Maurice Stewart

    Maurice Stewart - Head Coach Under 13

    Born: 09/03/73

    Occupation: Area Livestock Manager PGG Wrightson

    Previous teams coached: FAHS U14, Junior club rugby and Manawatu U12

    Current teams coaching: FAHS colts and Manawatu U13

    Bio: I am married to Lisa and have 3 children, Jonty 14, Henry 12 and Maia 10. I meet my wife while I was living in Wairoa. Lisa and I travelled overseas for 2 years before we set up a home in Feilding. I have played rugby at most levels and my biggest highlight was representating New Zealand in rugby at the U17 level. I retired from rugby last year playing presidents grade for FOBO. My interests are family, travelling, sports and having a good time with mates.

  • Stephen Bason

    Stephen Bason - Assistant Coach Under 13

    Born: Tonga, 30th December 1982

    Occupation: Youth Worker

    Previous team(s) coached: Freyberg Old Boys

    Current team(s) coaching: Freyberg Old Boys U12.

    Bio: I'm a Youth Worker who takes care of vulnerable children. I am married and have 6 children. I was born and raised in the small island of Tonga. I started playing rugby at Tupou College in Tonga. In 1999 I was part of the Tupou College 1st XV tour to New Zealand. After this tour, Rotorua Boys High offered me a rugby scholarship to stay and play for their 1st XV. In 2000, l represented Tonga U20 team at the rugby world cup in France. In 2007, I moved to Palmerston North and played for the High School Old Boys senior A rugby team In 2007, 2008 and 2009. Since then I have decided to move on from rugby to take care of my young family. I am passionate about rugby and decided to start coaching when my eldest son turned 3 years old up until now.

     

Manawatu Under 12's

  • Bryan (Kingi) Matenga

    Bryan (Kingi) Matenga - Head Coach Under 12

    Born: New Zealand

    Occupation: Farmer

    Previous teams coached: Te Kawau Senior A Head Coach, Linwood Head Coach, Sumner Head Coach, Manawatu U11 Head Coach, Manawatu U20 Head Coach

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu U12 Head Coach, Sumner Head Coach

    Bio: Formerly played number 8 for Manawatu and Te Kawau rugby club within the province. Starting coaching once I retired due to injury and have enjoyed the rollercoaster ride ever since. I am extremely passionate about all levels of rugby and enjoy helping develop the younger generation.  

  • Brendan O'Connor

    Brendan O'Connor - Assistant Coach Under 12

    Born: New Zealand

    Occupation:

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu U11 Assistant Coach

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu U12 Assistant Coach

    Bio:

Manawatu Under 11's

  • Matt Kidby

    Matt Kidby - Head Coach Under 11

    Born: 19/05/77

    Occupation: Turf Consultant

    Previous teams coached: Been involved in Manawatu Rep rugby over a number of years with U20's (two years), U18's, U16's.

    Current teams coaching: Helping with the Kia Toa Club over a number of teams.

    Bio: Born and bred in the Manawatu and very proud of my province. I have three kids, Cameron, Blake and Summer and most of all a very supportive wife when it comes to rugby and understands my passion for it.

    Due to two serious knee constructions I decided to stop playing early, so I was asked if I was interested in coaching, of which I took up and learnt a lot about people and the game. The biggest thing I learnt was that all people learn differently and need to be coached in such ways.

    My philosophy in coaching rugby is a simple one "Skills first, winning second" because if I can increase a players skill level, winning will come. I'm really looking forward towards coaching the U11's this year and seeing the next batch of future Turbos come through.

  • Lawrence Erihe

    Lawrence Erihe - Assistant Coach Under 11

    Born: 28/6/1978

    Occupation: NZDF Army

    Previous teams coached: Kia Toa Junior Teams 2012 - present , Linton Cobras RL Senior Men’s, NZDF Army RL Team

    Current teams coaching: Kia Toa Kiwi’s Under 11

    Bio: From Whangarei, Northland. Joined the military 20 years ago, Married to Emma, have 2 boys Cedric aged 7 and Shay 10 who both play Rugby for Kia Toa RFC and a 2 year old girl. Coached and Played Rugby League for the majority of my career. Have a passion and enjoy working with juniors and youth and seeing the development of young athletes in Manawatu.

     

 

Manawatu Mens Sevens

  • Bertus Mulder

    Bertus Mulder - Head Coach Sevens Men

    Born: Oudtshoorn, South Africa

    Occupation: Chartered Accountant

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu 7s, Kia Toa senior A

    Current teams coaching: Kia Toa Senior A

    Bio: Born in South Africa and moved to Palmerston North in 2006. I am married to Chantelle with two kids. Former professional rugby player that played in South Africa's Currie Cup for the South-Western Districts Eagles in Western Cape and for the Sharks in Super 12 in 2004. I went on to play 29 games for Manawatu between 2006 and 2010 before signing with Japanese second-division side Chubu in 2011. I am currently the head coach of Kia Toa senior A, and Manawatu Men's Sevens teams.

  • Wesley Clarke

    Wesley Clarke - Assistant Coach Sevens Men

    Born: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Occupation: Feilding High School Coach Developer

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu Turbos 2010-2013, Manawatu Sevens Women, Varsity Senior A

    Current teams coaching: Black Ferns Assistant Coach, Feilding High School 1st XV and Manawatu Sevens Men

    Bio:

     

     

Manawatu Women's Sevens

  • Mike Pettman

    Mike Pettman - Head Coach Sevens Women

    Born: 4/8/77

    Occupation: Transition Manager at MRU

    Previous teams coached: Manawatu Womens 7s 2016-2017

    Current teams coaching: Manawatu Womens 7s 2017-2018

    Bio: I have a strong passion and history with 7s and along with having three daughters, I naturally went towards coaching a women’s team. My playing background includes representing Manawatu, NZ Universities, NZ Divisional XV and was pulled into the NZ 7s Squad before heading to Ireland where I had the pleasure of playing for Munster before starting a family. Outside of rugby I can be found enjoying an array of adventure racing and spending time with my family and friends.

  • Rob Jones

    Rob Jones - Assistant Coach Sevens Women

    Born: 23/05/1977 – Pontypridd, Wales

    Occupation: PE Teacher

    Previous teams coached: Feilding High School Girls 2006 - 2016
    Manawatu Womens 7’s Assistant coach 2012 – 2013
    Condor Sevens Girls @ Inaugural World Sevens 2016

    Current teams coaching: FSMR U8’s – Wellington (my daughter’s team)

    Bio: I have been living in the Manawatu now for 14 years and have coached since my arrival in 2004. I was involved with the 1st XV, 2nd XV and Colts Rugby teams in my early days at Feilding High School. Since 2006 I have focussed on the development of girls rugby at Feilding High School and the Manawatu. Rugby and coaching to me is a lifestyle as your players become your extended family and we try and give them every opportunity we can. I am looking forward to the challenge of assisstimg Mike with the Manawatu ladies in 2017.