Team Management

04 Nov 2010
  • Richard Fry - Team Manager

    Team manager Richard Fry has been immersed in rugby from an early age, both as a player and involved in the commercial side for Lion Breweries. 

    Richard played for Auckland, Counties Manukau and North Harbour. He was a member of the Barbarians and he played for the New Zealand Sevens before heading over to France and Italy with the sport.

    His time with Lion Breweries eventually led to a role with the All Blacks management team under John Hart between 1996-1999. 

  • Isa Nacewa - Performance Coach

    Isa Nacewa arrived at the Blues at the end of 2013 to take on the role of mental skills coach. His title has since expanded to Performance Coach.

    Many will recognise Isa from his contribution to the Blues during the 2005-2008 seasons. The utility back played 44 games and contributed 208 points before leaving to play for Irish club Leinster. Isa also helped Auckland win three NPC titles and was selected to play for the Barbarians.

    In 2013, Isa returned to New Zealand and picked up the mental skills position for the Blues ahead of the 2014 season.

  • Stephen Kara - Doctor

    Team doctor Stephen Kara enters his sixth season with the Blues in 2013, having joined the franchise in 2008.

    A registered medical practitioner, Stephen graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1989, specialising as a Sports Team Doctor (Diploma in Sports Medicine) and in General Practice (Fellowship from NZ Royal College of General Practitioners).

    Stephen has a wealth of experience in team medicine which includes holding positions with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby team (1997), Medical Officer to NZ Hockey (1995-99), Counties-Manukau and Auckland NPC doctor as well as the team doctor for the NZ Maori Rugby team in their Centenary tour against Ireland and England in 2010.

    Stephen is a member of Sports Medicine NZ and an Associate Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians. He is currently completing a Masters of Philosophy at AUT in rugby injuries.

  • Mark Plummer - Physiotherapist

    Physiotherapist Mark Plummer has been looking after the Blues players’ wellbeing for the last five years. A co-owner of Physio Rehab Group clinics, Mark has also been on board with the Auckland ITM Cup side for the last decade.

    He has held previous positions with Counties-Manukau, New Zealand Sevens, New Zealand Under 19s and New Zealand Under 21s as well as the Black Caps cricket team.

    An outstanding cricketer as well as a rugby aficionado, Mark captained the Auckland and New Zealand Under-19 cricket sides and was also the captain of Papatoetoe Premier team from 1982 to 1990.

  • Ashley Draper - Assistant Physiotherapist

    Originally from North Devon in England, Assistant physiotherapist Ashley Draper graduated from the University of Southampton in 2000 and initially worked with the NHS and Southampton Football Club before moving to New Zealand in 2004.

    He took up the role of head physiotherapist with the Northland Rugby Union before joining North Harbour for the 2011 ITM Cup.

    He also worked with the New Zealand Maori team for their Centenary domestic tour in 2010.

    A keen surfer and long distance runner, 2013 will be Ashley’s fifth campaign with the Blues as assistant physiotherapist.

  • Troy Webber - Video Analyst

    Troy Webber is the technical expert providing the Blues coaches and players with video footage and analysis of their and their opposition’s game performances.

    Spending countless hours breaking the game down into numerous aspects to identify any advantages or weaknesses and give the Blues the edge over their opponents, Troy enters his fourth season as head video analyst alongside assistant Grant Aickin.

    Holding a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Information Technology at Bond University, Troy has previously been a video analyst for the Auckland Storm, Counties-Manukau Air New Zealand Cup team and is currently the Auckland ITM Cup video analyst.