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Griffiths to lead Warriors back into NRLW in 2025

Two-times premiership-winning coach Ronald Griffiths has been secured on a three-year deal to lead the One New Zealand Warriors back into the NRLW next season.

Griffiths (46) coached the Newcastle Knights to back-to-back NRLW grand final wins in 2022 and 2023 before taking up his current role as Newcastle’s New South Wales Cup coach this season.

He has also coached the Indigenous All Stars to consecutive wins over the Māori All Stars in the last two contests in Rotorua and Townsville.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Ron joining us for our return to the NRLW,” said One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George.

It was critical to appoint the best possible coach for this role and we’ve been able to do that.

Cameron George One New Zealand Warriors CEO

“It was critical to appoint the best possible coach for this role and we’ve been able to do that. Ron has terrific coaching pedigree and will add tremendous value to our club as we make our way back in the NRLW.”
When Griffiths took over as Newcastle’s NRLW coach in 2022 campaign, the side was coming off a last place finish in its debut in the expanded competition in 2021.

Under his guidance the Knights were transformed into a dominant force posting 16 wins and just two losses en route to consecutive premiership triumphs.

“We couldn’t have a better coach to launch our NRLW return,” said One New Zealand Warriors general manager recruitment, pathways and development Andrew McFadden.

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“What Ron did with the Knights in the NRLW over the last two seasons is testament to his ability to build a team from scratch. He’s also passionate about developing our pathways for the women’s game here in New Zealand.”

Griffiths said he was excited about creating a foundation for the future for the women’s game in New Zealand.

“As a family we’re so grateful to be coming over to be involved with a club that has such a proud history,” said Griffiths.

“It’s exciting to start with a blank canvas, having the opportunity to build a women’s programme from the ground up.

It’s exciting to start with a blank canvas, having the opportunity to build a women’s programme from the ground up

Ronald Griffiths Newly-appointed One New Zealand Warriors NRLW head coach

“I’ll be working closely with the people in pathways to set up a structure that delivers sustainable success for the club and develops players and staff from within for the future.”

Raised in the suburb of Woodberry in Maitland in the Hunter Valley, Griffiths is of Australian Indigenous descent, a Gomeroi man who grew up on Awabakal country.

He takes charge of a Warriors side returning to the NRLW after a five-year absence following the Australian Rugby League Commission’s decision to expand the competition to 12 teams.

Also added to the competition were the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs. The 12 teams in 2025 will be: Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla Sutherland Sharks, Gold Coast Titans, Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, One New Zealand Warriors, Parramatta Eels, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers.

The Warriors were one of four foundation clubs alongside Brisbane, St George Illawarra and the Sydney Roosters when the NRLW was launched in 2018; they played in the competition for the first three seasons before the Covid pandemic’s impact forced them to withdraw.


Date of birth: March 2, 1978
Birthplace: Maitland, NSW
Current position: Newcastle Knights NSW Cup coach 2024
Previous appointments:
   Indigenous All Stars head coach 2023-2024
   Newcastle Knights NRLW head coach 2022-2023
   Indigenous All Stars assistant coach 2021-2022
   Wests Tigers NRL assistant coach 2020-2021
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