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The New Year brings a New Direction!

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

The Johnsonville Rugby Football Club has made a key change heading into the 2020 season appointing Roy Kinikinilau as Head Coach of the Premier’s.

Roy brings a wealth of playing experience including that at Super Rugby and international seven’s level and is highly regarded in local community rugby circles. Roy is extremely ambitious in the coaching world also with an eye on becoming a professional coach in the foreseeable future. Roy will be a massive asset to the club not only in coaching our Premier’s but also aiding our Academy and youth in the coming couple of years.

Roy holds a motto close of ‘WHY NOT US’ based on Seattle Seahawk’s Super Bowl success in the NFL in 2014. He is keen to ensure our players are motivated, develop good habits, stay focused and calm, make good decisions, stay positive and refocus when mistakes are made.

Head of Rugby, Richard ‘Hendo’ Henderson is grateful to have someone of Roy’s rugby knowledge, skill and passion for the game at our club.

Whilst the club is extremely excited about the appointment of Roy, we say goodbye for now to Jude Perez. We sincerely thank Jude for her coaching and commitment over the past couple of years at the club.

We are looking forward to our 120th year as a club with a new direction both at Premier level but also with the Premier Reserves (‘Cripples’) being boosted by the Cripples group which is terrific for our player base across the top two sides.

Pre-season training has now reverted to Monday and Wednesday at 6pm at the club and we look forward to getting some great numbers in the coming weeks.

Our first pre-season is currently scheduled for Paraparaumu on the 29th of February followed by a trip to Spotswood, New Plymouth, a week later. The Swindale Shield kicks off on 21 March where we play away to Paremata-Plimmerton.

Up the Hawks!


UPDATED: OLD TIMER'S DAY – Save the Date – Saturday 23 May vs Oriental-Rongotai

We have amended our initial placeholder for Old Timer's Day given the clash with the Newlands College Reunion festivities on the weekend of 2-3 May.

We are looking forward to another stellar Old Timer’s Day in our 120th year at the club. We will now welcome Oriental-Rongotai for the Ash Pointon Memorial Cup and look forward to another great occasion.

Mark it down in your calendars and there will be more details to follow on this along with other 120th year celebrations.

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