New Premier Coach appointed

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2 Oct 2018



Head Coach Appointment


2 October 18


The Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Wilson as the Head Coach for PPRFC Senior Rugby for the 2019 season. 

The appointment follows the selection process which commenced 6 August with an open invitation to all interested coaches and concluded 15 September after receiving three applications, interviews with two candidates, assessments and recommendations by the Head Coach Selection Panel which included an Independent Panel Member, Colin Bleasdale. 

Justin has been coaching rugby now for the past 21 years at college, club & representative level and demonstrated the ability and knowledge to enhance and create a successful environment for the players to achieve the goals set by themselves and Paremata Plimmerton RFC.  His coaching experience and successes include: Premier Head Coach at Wainuiomata from 2014 – 2017 and included Jubilee Cup Finals, Semi Final and top eight appearances, Premier Co Coach HOBM 2012 – 2013 and included Jubilee Cup Semi Final and Swindale Shield Winners. 

Justin has been married for 22 years and has 5 boys aged from 7 – 22. For the past 20 years he has been the Director of an Alternative School for the Ministry of Education. Justin notes his strengths in being organised a dedicated employee with excellent attention to detail and effective time management skills with leadership and planning.  He enjoys work that is challenging, interesting and allows him to take ownership.

Justin has presented a detailed strategy and plan to continue to take the club forward which included utilising the existing Premier, Colt and Woman’s coaching talent and so providing some confidence to achieving our goal Jubilee Cup recognition within the next 3 years.  As Head Coach Justin will have the time to be involved with the other roles in helping to improve performances including, club admin liaison, pre-season training/camp, video work, player recruitment allowing other Senior coaches to continue to be hugely involved to progress their own ideals and aspirations for their teams.

Planning for the 2019 has commenced with the first senior player meeting scheduled for this week.  The preseason plan and activities will be finalised and published in the coming weeks. 

The PPRFC Committee and Club Working Groups continue to meet throughout the off season in preparation for the start of the 2019 season in 6 months’ time and the Clubs 60th Anniversary    

Since entering the Premier Grade the improvement in performances of our Premier Team has been constant.  The club wishes recognise and acknowledge Phil Gibb and Mike Hunter’s enormous contribution to this improvement and commitment to the club over the for the past two seasons particularly the excellent structure and training sessions which were at the heart of 2018 season.   Although opportunities existed within the new coaching structure both have decided to seek other opportunities with family and non-rugby activities.  We are pleased they have agreed to provide insights on the players to assist Justin in taking on the new role.  Again, thank you to Phil and Mike and all the best for 2019 and beyond.


The PPRFC Committee