Coaching appointments have been confirmed for the Vodafone Warriors’ Intrust Super Premiership and NYC teams for the 2017 season.
Ricky Henry takes charge of the ISP team following Stacey Jones’ appointment as one of the club’s NRL assistant coaches.
Henry, one of Jones’ assistant coaches for the 2016 ISP campaign, has a long history with the Vodafone Warriors stretching back to development roles he held from 2008-2012. He coached the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup in 2012 before having a stint as a Vodafone Warriors NRL assistant coach in 2013-2014.
Joining Henry (38) in the ISP assistant coach’s position is former Vodafone Warrior Jerome Ropati.
Ropati (31), who played 145 NRL games for the club before retiring in 2014, will combine his new ISP coaching role with his work as a Vodafone Warriors community ambassador.
Stepping into the NYC team’s coaching position is Grant Pocklington, who guided the Point Chevalier Pirates to three consecutive Fox Memorial titles in the Auckland competition in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Pocklington was on Jones’ ISP coaching staff this year and was also assistant coach for the Kiwi Ferns for their three-match campaign against the Jillaroos at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines in February and the Anzac Test against Australia in May.
Continuing as the NYC team’s assistant coach is former Vodafone Warrior Boycie Nelson.