The Richmond Rovers Rugby League & Sports Club Board is excited to appoint and promote Henri Nicholas as our Ah Kuoi & Atmore Residential Richmond Bulldogs Premier Men’s Head coach for the 2023 Auckland Rugby League Fox Memorial Shield competition.
The experienced Fox Memorial Premier Men's and Akarana Falcon’s representative coach Henri Nicholas has accepted the role after serving his apprenticeship developing under affluent and vastly experienced senior coaches including Bernie Perenara (2015-16), Steve Buckingham (2017), Geoff Norton (2020-21), John Teina and Ricky Henry (2022).
Henry brings with him significant coaching experience having worked as the Premier Fox Memorial Men’s Assistant Coach (2010-2022) at Richmond for several years including a stint at the Northcote Tigers, Akarana Falcon’s junior grades including winning as Akarana Under 20s Coach in 2022.
Senior Convenor, Tony Taylor believes Nicholas is the right man for the job.
“Henri Nicholas’ appointment is a positive step forward in the continuation of our 2022 season as playoff semi-finalists and working towards improved results in the 2023 Fox Memorial Shield competition.”
With Henri’s 2022 role as Assistant coach of the Richmond Premier Men's side this year under previous Head Coach Ricky Henry; we were able to maintain the continuity and familiarity Henri has with our Richmond players and our club.
Henri has an impressive list of coaching accolades and is well respected throughout our rugby league communities. It’s exciting to think what the Premier team under the helm of Henri will be able to produce and we are delighted that he will be leading us into the Fox Memorial Shield competition next year.”
New Head Coach, Henri Nicholas says; “It is a privilege to lead the Richmond Premier Men’s team into the 2023 Fox Memorial Shield competition.”
“I am passionate about the long-term success of Richmond which I have great history both as a player and coach and look forward to building a strong foundation for the future. It’s a privilege to return and have the opportunity to coach these young men with the entire 2022 coaching and management team back as we work towards building a strong Fox Memorial Shield campaign starting with preseason in November.”
From the 2022 season coaching team is Al Ettles, John Teina and Geoff Norton who will all be supporting our Premier team again as assistant coaches. They each bring with them a wealth of senior coaching experience having collectively coached and talent identify some of the best up and coming talent in Auckland and at National Representative level with varying Akarana Falcons, Auckland Vulcans, and other Premier Men’s Fox Memorial teams. Also returning is team Manager Henry Turura, Analyst, Baillie Morton, and Trainer Jamie Williamson.
Together they bring great experience, leadership, a winning attitude, and work ethic as coaches to the Richmond Rovers rugby league club which will better support our seniors and youth playing group. This team will again be instrumental with a structured approach to developing our youth players as well as providing guidance for upcoming Richmond junior and senior coaches.
For any questions, please contact Richmond Senior Convenor, Tony (Lats) Taylor on 021 562 222.