Coaches

04 Nov 2010
  • Sir John Kirwan - Head Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2001
    Other Coaching Roles: NEC Green Rockets Head Coach 1999-2001, Blues Assistant Coach 2001, Italy Assistant Coach 2001-02, Italy Head Coach 2002-05, Japan Head Coach 2007-11, UK Barbarians Head Coach 2012, Blues Head Coach 2013-15

    Sir John Kirwan moves into his third season as head coach of the Blues in 2015. He enjoyed a distinguished playing career for Auckland and the All Blacks, before moving into coaching in Japan in 1999. After time coaching in both Japan and Italy, he was appointed national head coach for both countries. Since then he has coached both the Italian and Japanese national rugby teams before moving back to New Zealand to coach the Blues in 2013. 

    Kirwan was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health awareness in the 2012.

  • Glenn Moore - Assistant Coach - Forwards/Contact

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2015
    Other Coaching Roles: North Otago Head Coach 2000-05, NZ Divisional XV Coach 2003-05, Otago Assistant Coach 2006-07, Highlanders Head Coach 2008-10, North Otago Technical Advisor 2011-12, Mid Canterbury Head Coach 2013-14, Blues Assistant Coach Forwards/Contact 2015

    Former loose forward in Mid-Canterbury before starting his coaching career with North Otago, over-lapping with three years coaching the NZ Divisional XV.

    He moved to Otago and the Highlanders as defensive coach before becoming head coach, bringing the likes of Ben Smith and Adam Thomson into the environment.

    After three years with the Highlanders he moved back to North Otago before taking up the role as coach of Mid-Canterbury, guiding them to the Heartland Championship in 2013.

  • Grant Doorey - Assistant Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2013
    Other Coaching Roles: CSBJ Bourgoin Jallieu Defence & Skills Coach 2002-03, Italy Assistant Coach 2003-05, Japan Assistant Coach 2007-11, Blues Assistant Coach 2013-15

    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 team defence in 2015.

  • Nick White - Set Piece Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2009
    Other Coaching Roles: Blues Skills Coach 2009, Auckland Scrum Coach 2009-12, Auckland ITM Cup Assistant Coach 2012-present, Blues Development Team Coach 2010-12, NZRU Resource Coach for NZU20s 2010-present, Blues Set Piece Coach 2009-15

    White began his coaching career as skills coach for the Blues in 2009 and joined the Blues as scrum coach in 2013. The former prop for the Blues, Crusaders and Highlanders as well as Northland and Auckland ended his career due to injury in 2008. Coaching relationships with the Blues, Auckland and New Zealand Under-20s. 

  • David Hill - Skills Coach

    Blues Coaching Debut: 2015

    Hill is a former Waikato, Chiefs and All Black first-five who spent two seasons at Bristol in the English premiership and from 2008 in Japan with Toshiba Brave Lupus. Prior to entering the Blues coaching staff for 2015, Hill was with Kurita Water.

    Hill's experience includes coaching at Tokai University and he was involved in skills coaching while at Toshiba.