Taranaki Rugby - TCRT Club RDOs


Taranaki Rugby and the eight premier clubs have employed a Club Rugby Development Officer part of the ‘Colin Cooper Rugby Development Programme’. The new additions into the clubs will work throughout all levels including surrounding schools in the area, funded by the Taranaki Community Rugby Trust.

The appointments mean clubs gain significant boosts in resourcing as Taranaki Rugby attempts to increase participation across all levels of the game and inspire the next generation of female and male players.

Community Rugby Manager Cole Brown said the direction is to deliver a quality experience for all players and coaches.

“Our focus is on supporting grassroots rugby and delivering quality experiences to our players, coaches, volunteers, schools and clubs.

“This programme is innovative and the first of its kind and drawing national attention. We believe that rugby is a vehicle for delivering all the health benefits of being active and involved in team sports to our community. This programme is about more than rugby it encompasses mental health and wellbeing and inspiring an active community,” Brown said.

Not only will the Club Development Officer focus on the club, but also surrounding schools, he said.

“In the past we have had one Rugby Development Officer looking after large areas but having zonal Development Officers will ensure everyone has more exposure to quality coaching and a better rugby experience, we have effectively doubled our coaching resource.”

Your Club Rugby Development Officers 

Clifton: Te Waiti Mareikura

Spotswood United: Tangi Taike

Tukapa: Ben Siffleet

New Plymouth Old Boys: Matt Burgess

Inglewood: Chloe Sampson

Stratford/Eltham: TBC

Coastal: Kelvin Weir

Southern: Craig Dwyer

Our staff will also work in the schools within their area. 

For more information, please contact;

Cole Brown
TRFU Community Rugby Manager
021 114 6860