Auckland Bs and U19 Mens Coaches Anounced

The Auckland Rugby Union are proud to announce the representative coaching teams for the Auckland Under 19 and Bs Squads:



Head Coach: Greg Aldous

Assistant Coach: Gus Leger 

Assistant Coach: James Stevenson-Wright

Assistant Coach: Brad Mika


Under 19s

Head Coach: Ant Strachan 

Assistant Coach: Jono Hickey 

Assistant Coach: Jeff Ierome


Both Ant Strachan and Greg Aldous have extensive experience in the high performance space and have been selected to head these extensions of the Auckland high performance program.  

The group of assistant coaches have been chosen for the work within the Auckland rugby community and identified as part of the future of the Auckland high performance system. With guidance from Ant, Greg and the NPC coaching staff, the high performance team can build towards the future in leading our community to win and be better supported in High Performance. 

The respective coaching groups will now come together and introduce some key elements that we believe the Auckland Rugby high performance system should be modelled on along with a big focus on coach delivery both on and off the field.

Greg Aldous will head the Auckland B coaching group with an exciting group of coaches assisting him. Greg has been involved in the Auckland high performance system for a number of years, coaching both the Auckland Under 19 and B teams.

Gus Leger joins the coaching team coming off a Blues Under 20 coaching role. Gus coaches out of Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club during the Goodyear Club Rugby Season.

James Stevenson-Wright will connect with the Auckland Bs after coming off a string of successful seasons coaching the Grammar TEC Under 21 side. Stevenson-Wright has moved to the Auckland University Premier Men coaching group for the 2022 season.

Brad Mika has seen a successful international playing career and coaching experience in Malaysia to join Papatoetoe Rugby Club as the Rugby Development Manager.

Ant Strachan will front the Auckland Under 19 team for the 2022 season. Ant has achieved an outstanding playing and coaching career around the world. Recently Ant has been the Assistant Coach for 2021 Gallaher Shield runner-up Grammar TEC and is taken on the role as Head of Athlete and Player Development at Dilworth School.

Jono Hickey links with Ant as an Assistant Coach for the Under 19s. Jono has been strongly involved in the Auckland NPC campaign as a player and has recently been named as the new Director of Rugby at Grammar TEC Rugby Club.

Jeff Ierome rounds off the coaching team for the Under 19s, coming off numerous successful seasons as coach of the Premier Men at Ponsonby Rugby Club. Jeff has achieved a full playing career around the world and was a member of the Auckland Bs coaching team in 2021.

We would like to congratulate those coaches who have been chosen for the above roles in the 2022 representative season and we look forward to working with them during the season.


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