27 Oct 2016

Warriors sign McNamara as an assistant coach

5:07 pm on 27 October 2016

The New Zealand Warriors have signed the former England coach Steve McNamara as an assistant for the next two NRL seasons.

League coach Steve McNamara.

League coach Steve McNamara. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

McNamara links up with new Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney after being an assistant coach at the Sydney Roosters the last three seasons.

"Steve has tremendous coaching credentials through his time as England's head coach as well as his experience with Bradford in the Super League and now the Roosters in the NRL," said Warriors managing director Jim Doyle.

McNamara is the third assistant coach alongside Andrew McFadden and Stacey Jones.

"We're excited about being able to bring this group of coaches together as we strive to lift our standards. Certainly our senior players and the whole NRL squad will now have better coaching support than they've ever had before," said Doyle.

McNamara was thrilled about his role with the Warriors.

"I've learnt so much about the NRL in my three seasons with the Roosters, adding to past experience with England and Bradford," he said.

"Now I'm really excited about this next step in my coaching career, coming to Auckland and working with Stephen and a great coaching group.

"I am in no doubt that the Vodafone Warriors have the players to make a mark in the NRL and I want to do all I can to help make that happen.

"I have the greatest admiration for Stephen from the days when we were opposing coaches of our national teams. He has done wonderfully well with the Kiwis and I'm sure he's going to do a terrific job with the Vodafone Warriors."

Kearney said he couldn't be happier to secure McNamara.

"While Steve and I were adversaries in our roles with our national teams we formed a great relationship," he said.

"He brings qualities that will give us a really strong and experienced coaching group as we look ahead to take the Vodafone Warriors to the level we collectively expect of this club.

"There's much work to do but with Steve, Cappy and Stacey we have a coaching team that can really lift standards and bring about the improvements we must make to be consistently competitive in the NRL."

McNamara played more than 300 top-level games for Great Britain, Hull FC, Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield from 1989-2003 before moving into coaching including six seasons as England head coach.


Born: September 18, 1971

Birthplace: Hull, England

Coaching Career:

Club: Bradford head coach 2006-2010, Sydney Roosters assistant coach 2014-2016

International: Great Britain assistant coach 2007, England assistant coach 2008-2009, England head coach 2010-2015

Playing Career:

Position: Second row, loose forward

Junior Club: Skirlaugh, Hull

Club Career: Hull FC 1989-1996, Bradford 1996-2000, Wakefield 2000, Huddersfield 2001-2003

International Career: Great Britain, 1992-1999