Coaches

04 Nov 2010
  • Sir John Kirwan - Head Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2001
    Other Coaching Roles: NEC Green Rockets 1999-2001, Blues assistant coach 2001, Italy head coach 2002-2005, Japan head coach 2007-2011, UK Barbarians head coach 2012
    Sir John Kirwan heads into his second season as head coach of the Blues in 2014.

    After a distinguished playing career for Auckland and the All Blacks, Kirwan began his coaching career in Japan in the late 1990s.

    Since then he has coached both the Italian and Japanese national rugby teams. 

    In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honour list, Kirwan was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health awareness.
  • Mick Byrne - Assistant Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2013
    Other Coaching Roles: Sydney Swans assistant coach 1992-1993, Many Rugby League consulting coach 1993-2001, Consulting Coach Wallabies, Brumbies 1998-2001, Saracens Skills coach 2004-2005, Japan assistant coach 2009-2011, All Blacks skills coach 2005-present
    Mick Byrne, a former AFL player, has previously coached with Kirwan in Japan and held several specialist skills coaching roles with the All Blacks, Brumbies, Wallabies and Scotland. Byrne’s coaching will focus on individual skills, lineout attack and the ruck.
  • Grant Doorey - Assistant Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2013
    Other Coaching Roles: CSBJ Bourgoin Jallieu defence and skills coach, Italy Assistant Coach 2003-2005, Japan assistant coach 2007-2011
    A former rugby league player in Australia and France, Grant Doorey worked alongside Kirwan as assistant coach for both Italy and Japan. He will be in charge of the backline and defence with the Blues in 2014.
  • Sir Graham Henry - Technical Advisor

    Blues Coaching Debut: 1996
    Other Coaching Roles: Auckland provincial coach 1992-97, Blues Head Coach 1996-98, Wales Head Coach 1998-2002, British & Irish Lions Coach 2001, Blues Technical Advisor 2003, All Blacks Head Coach 2004-11 (World Cup winning coach)
    Sir Graham Henry has a long and illustrious coaching career. Henry was the first ever coach of the Blues in 1996 and since then has gone on to coach Wales, the British and Irish Lions and the Rugby World Cup 2011 winning All Blacks.

    Henry was named IRB International Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

    Henry will be in charge of defensive strategy and leadership in 2014.
  • Nick White - Scrum coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2009
    Other Coaching Roles: Blues skills coach 2009, Auckland scrum coach 2009-2012, Auckland ITM Cup assistant coach 2012-present, Blues Development team coach 2010-12, NZRU resource coach for the New Zealand Under 20s 2010 – current
    Nick White played provincial rugby for Northland and Auckland before making his Blues debut in 1999. Following stints with the Crusaders in 2002 and the Highlanders from 2004-2006, White returned to the Blues where he played until a hip injury put an end to his career in 2008. Still contracted to the Blues, White began his coaching career by helping Liam Barry as skills coach for the franchise in 2009 and joined the Blues as scrum coach in 2013.