The Rucks N Mauls Coaching Team

Information about our rugby coaches

The Rucks N Mauls Coaching Team:

Rucks N Mauls summer rugby camps are coached by specialist rugby coaches from New Zealand who have experience both in playing and coaching from grassroots through to international level.  The coaches are armed with a mixture of knowledge, experience and rugby expertise coming from the most successful International Rugby team on the planet, as well as being endorsed by professional All Blacks such as Conrad Smith and Rico Gear.

As a company we are proud to be providers of rugby camps which closely follow the RFU continuum through the United Kingdom. The Rucks N Mauls coaching team take child welfare seriously and are all CRB checked in the UK and personally interviewed and screened before joining us. Our coaches all attend an RFU safe guarding & protecting young people in rugby union course along with our own induction programme. Each of our coaches hold relevant first aid experience and qualifications in rugby and look forward to coaching and transferring their knowledge to young and aspiring players of the future.

Our expert 2015 coaching team includes:

Kim Harris, Graeme Torrie, Andrew Wilton, Grace Kerridge, Jono Carter, Rose Gavin, Toby Harris, Kate Cameron-Donald, Jack Gavin & Fergus Knight.

 

Get to know your coaches:

Kim Harris

Head Coach

Rucks N Mauls Founder

DOB: 17/08/1947

Address: Gisborne, NZ

 

The contribution that Kim Harris made to Gisborne Boys’ High School rugby is difficult to measure, it was immense! Player, coach, teacher, organiser, pioneer, Harris was all that and much more, he was an institution. One of the most effective ways to measure his achievements are in numbers, they make for some impressive reading.

National Top Four Appearances: 1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001

National Top Four Winners: 1994

Condor Sevens Winners: 1994

World First XV Invitational Winners: 1994

Moascar Cup Holders: 1993-1995

All Blacks Coached: Hose Gear, Rico Gear

Kim Harris is one of the great schoolboy rugby coaches. In the 1990s Gisborne were constantly one of the best schools in the country. The Gear brothers are among many of the fine players he has produced. In terms of achievements Harris pretty much won it all!

 

Nickname: Kimbo

Occupation: Sports Coach /Teacher /Contractor /Car Dealer /Land Owner.

Hobbies: Diving /Fishing /Gardening

Preferred Playing Position:  Fly Half

Favourite International Player: Richie McCaw

Person you'd least like to sit next to in changing room: Dylan Hartley

Most embarrassing rugby moment: Being ordered from the ground by the Ref when I was coaching!

Funniest moment in rugby: (Naughtiest!) When coaching one of my team got sent off with a red card. We changed his jersey, poured water over him so he looked as though he was sweating, put a scrum cap on him and  sent him back on. The ref was oblivious!

Your personal rugby highlight? Coaching the winning teams in both the World Schools Championship and the NZ Schools Championship.

Favourite Movie(s): Came a hot Friday.

Favourite Bands / Music: Old crow medicine show

Favourite Food: Anything involving meat or seafood.

Favourite Drink(s): Beer

Best holiday destination you have been to? Paraguay.

Who will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup? New Zealand.

Three people you'd like to have dinner with: Anna Harris Richie McCaw Willie Apiata.

What is your Motto in life? Look forward, Know the past.

Batman or Superman? Batman

Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter.

Math or English? English.

Michael Jackson or Elvis? Elvis.

Rain or Snow? Snow.

 

Graeme Torrie

Nickname: GT

Hometown: Gisborne, NZ

 

Playing career

Ardmore Teachers College,Gisborne High School Old Boys Rugby Club, 

Counties & Poverty Bay Provincial teams, Auckland Barbarians, New Zealand Teachers,

Poverty  Bay/ East Coast Combined vs. Western Samoa, Japan, British & Irish Lions, South Africa.

 

Coaching career

Gisborne Boy's High School 1st XV

North Island Under 16

New Zealand Age Grade Selector

Poverty Bay Age Grade Selector/ Coach

Gisborne High School Old Boys Rugby Club

Poverty Bay Provincial Team

Poverty Bay / East Coast Combined 

 

Hobbies: Rugby, fishing, horse racing (owner & punting), reading, gardening, socialising.

Favourite position on the rugby pitch: Wing.

Best venue to watch an International match: West Pac stadium (The cake tin) Wellington, New Zealand.

Favourite food: I enjoy most food.

Favourite book: David Attenborough's Autobiography.

Favourite rugby players: Bruce Robertson, Ian Kirkpatrick, Jonah Lomu (All Blacks),

Andy Irvine (Scotland), David Campese (Australia).

Who will be in the 2015 RWC Final? New Zealand vs. Australia.

Marmite or Vegemite: Marmite.

Baked Beans or Spaghetti: Spaghetti.

Favourite place in NZ: Lake Waikaremoana (Wilderness sublime).

 

Jack Gavin

D.O.B: 05/03/1990

Home town: Gisborne, NZ

 

My name is Jack. I'm 25 years of age and come from a small coast city on the East Coast of the North Island called Gisborne. I've played rugby since I can remember and went on to represent my district for a number of years in my teens. Unfortunately I injured my back playing rugby in my early twenties which resulted in surgery. Although this was tough and stopped all rugby, it led to a passion in coaching and teaching which I have pursued since. I am also a registered teacher and have recently travelled Central America. I look forward to meeting you all and getting stuck in to some Rugby!

Hobbies: Surfing, digging holes, fishing

Favourite position on the rugby pitch: Open Side Flanker

Favourite venue to watch an International Rugby Match: The Forsyth Bar Stadium, Dunedin, NZ Favourite food: Cheese Cake

Favourite book: What's a book?

Favourite rugby players: Carl Hayman, Tony Brown, John Hardie

Which teams will be in the final of the 2015 RWC? England / All Blacks

Best Rugby match you have seen LIVE: All Blacks vs South Africa

Marmite or Vegemite? Marmite

Baked beans or spaghetti? Baked Beans

Australians try to claim them but we all know that Phar Lap, Split Enz, Crowded House, Richard Pearce (the first man to fly a plane) and Pavlova are all from.... NZ

Favourite place in NZ? Gisborne

 

Kate Cameron-Donald

D.O.B: 26-11-88

Home town: Masterton, NZ

I play  a lot of Touch Rugby and have played Rugby for Wairarapa College.  

I'm a farm girl who moved to the city to fulfil a career in Industrial Design. I love travelling so I've taken the year off to see the world and immerse myself in new cultures and experiences.

Hobbies: Netball, skiing, watching sport, hiking, design, art

Favourite position on the rugby pitch: Halfback

Favourite venue to watch an International Rugby Match: The Cake Tin in Wellington

Favourite food: Roast Lamb

Favourite book: Harry Potter

Favourite rugby players: Ma'a Nonu, Cory Jane

Which teams will be in the final of the 2015 RWC? NZ vs Aussie

Best Rugby match you have seen LIVE: Canada vs NZ at the World Cup 2011

Marmite or Vegemite? Marmite

Baked beans or spaghetti? Baked Beans

Australians try to claim them but we all know that Phar Lap, Split Enz, Crowded House, Richard Pearce (the first man to fly a plane) and Pavlova are all from.... NZ!

Favourite place in NZ? Coromandel Peninsula

 

Grace Kerridge

Nickname: Gracie / Kiwi

Age: 28

Home town: Temuka, New Zealand

Rugby pedigree/about you:

I played rugby at Primary school for Celtic Rugby Club, Timaru, NZ. I played for Roncalli College and for the University of Otago Women’s 1st team. I have trained and played with the Cus Torino Women’s team in Italy. I came to the UK and currently play Championship 2 league rugby for the Deeping Devils. I am a qualified Physical Education teacher and have coached rugby to both primary and secondary children for a number of years in both NZ and the UK.

Hobbies: Guitar, singing, sport

Favourite position on the rugby pitch: No.10

Favourite venue to watch an International Rugby Match: Millenium Stadium

Favourite food: Pizza (preferably cooked by an Italian)

Favourite book: The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Favourite rugby players: Richie McCaw, Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads, Ben Smith, Maggie Alphonsi (back in the day)

Which teams will be in the final of the 2015 RWC? All Blacks & Wales

Best Rugby match you have seen LIVE: All Blacks vs. Wales @ Millenium

Marmite or Vegemite? Marmite

Baked beans or spaghetti? Spaghetti

Australians try to claim them but we all know that Phar Lap, Split Enz, Crowded House, Richard Pearce (the first man to fly a plane) and Pavlova are all from.... AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND!!!

Favourite place in NZ? Lake Harris on the Routeburn Track

 

Andrew (Andy) Wilton

Nickname     Wilt

Occupation           Teacher/Retired

Date of Birth                   30/10/1955

Home Town          Gisborne NZ

 

A paragraph about you please Andrew…..

I love sports particularly rugby, cricket, golf.

I hold a University Degree and Diploma in teaching and I taught at Gisborne Boys' High for 34 years, I retired 2014 so I could come and coach for RucksNMauls!

I’ve coached rugby at the school, including the 2nd XV for 28 years.

I also organised a couple of rugby tours to South America (1988/1990) for the First and Second fifteens...that was a fantastic experience!

 

 

Hobbies: Golf -           Dragon slaying - Sky TV sports - Animals/Pets

Preferred Playing Position:   Number 9       

Favourite International Player:          Richard McCaw

Person you'd least like to sit next to in changing room:    Ma Nonu

Most embarrassing rugby moment:             Calling for a kicking tee when we were losing by 20 points

Funniest moment in rugby:   Having thrown the rugby ball into the face of an opposing prop, his lunge at me was intercepted by my locks and after the misunderstanding had been sorted my lock patted me on the head and said "one of these days Wilt we are going to let you sort things out yourself"!

Your personal rugby highlight? Coaching Poverty Bay U16 to a semi-final victory over Wellington & Making the First XV at school

Favourite Movie(s):    Shawshank Redemption

Favourite Bands / Music:      Totally not into music

Favourite Food:         Sorry do not eat fish! Ham sandwich

Favourite Drink(s):     Beer

Best holiday destination you have been to?           England, of course

Who will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup?  Silly question - Australia!

Three people you'd like to have dinner with:          Jack Nicklaus - John Key - The Queen

What is your Motto in life?    If you want something - go get it

 

Batman or Superman?          The Phantom?

Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter

Math or English?        Neither

Michael Jackson or Elvis?    Elvis

Rain or Snow?           Snow

 

 

 

 

Fergus Knight

Nickname: Ferg or Gus

D.O.B: 16-05-87

Home town: Gisborne, NZ

 

I coach Rugby at Primary School level and was a Rugby Club premier division player for Ngatapa.

I have also coached 1st XV level and RucksNMauls.

I grew up on a farm in NZ with my parents and two sisters. I'm a primary school teacher and sports coach and have currently, got a bad case of the travel bug.

 

Hobbies: Almost all sports, music, travel and education.

Favourite position on the rugby pitch: Centre or loose forward.

Favourite venue to watch an International Rugby Match: Carisbrook, Dunedin, NZ.

Favourite food: Burgers, Roast Lamb, Steak, Feijoas, Avocado, Mexican, Italian, Vietnamese... Guinness?

Favourite book: The Power of One.

Favourite rugby players: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Kieran Reid & Nick Cummins.

Which teams will be in the final of the 2015 RWC? New Zealand and Ireland.

Best Rugby match you have seen LIVE: NZ v South Africa, Carisbrook 2008... Incredible atmosphere, even though SA won.

Marmite or Vegemite? Marmite.

Baked beans or spaghetti? Baked Beans.

Australians try to claim them but we all know that Phar Lap, Split Enz, Crowded House, Richard Pearce (the first man to fly a plane) and Pavlova are all from.... Aotearoa, NZ!

Favourite place in NZ? Mount Maunganui.

 

 

 

 

Jono Carter

Nickname: Frank
D.O.B: 24/12/82
Home town: Durban , KwaZulu Natal


Jono played 1st division Rugby in South Africa  and has coached for RucksNMauls for many years now. He was born and bred in South Africa. A huge passion of Jono’s is being on the sports field whether it's making a difference in a kids game or playing within a team.


Hobbies: Anything to do with the Ocean.
Favourite position on the rugby pitch: Flyhalf (10) or Inside Centre (12)
Favourite venue to watch an International Rugby Match: Absa Stadium (Shark Tank)
Favourite food: Braai Vleis (BBQ Meat)
Favourite book: Mandela Long Walk to Freedom
Favourite rugby players: Jean Deysel, Pat Lambie
Which teams will be in the final of the 2015 RWC? SA vs NZ
Best Rugby match you have seen LIVE: Currie Cup Final 2008 Sharks vs Blue Bulls
Marmite or Vegemite? Peanut Butter
Baked beans or spaghetti? Spaghetti
Australians try to claim them but we all know that Phar Lap, Split Enz, Crowded House, Richard Pearce (the first man to fly a plane) and Pavlova are all from.... Spain? Never heard of them
Favourite place? Cape Town in South Africa

 

Rose Gavin

DOB: 05/04/1989

Home Town: Gisborne, NZ

Rose is from New Zealand. She is a Physical Education, Health and Outdoor Education teacher. Rose studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Rose played rugby while at school and university and has coached youth and high school rugby. Rose’s greatest passions are teaching, coaching sport to young people and music.

Nickname: Kiwi

Occupation: Primary and secondary Teacher

Hobbies: Preferred Playing Position: Coach

Funniest moment in rugby: Not sure

Your personal rugby highlight? 2011 rugby world cup

Favourite Movie(s): Bridesmaids, Boy, any action movie

Favourite Bands / Music: like all music, six60.

Favourite Food: Potatoes

Favourite Drink(s): Milo

Best holiday destination you have been to? Turkey 

Who will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup? All Blacks

Three people you'd like to have dinner with: Prince Harry, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

What is your Motto in life? Always stay positive, you choose your life        

Your favourite:

Batman or Superman? Superman

Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Lord of the Rings

Math or English? Maths

Michael Jackson or Elvis? Michael Jackson

Rain or Snow? Snow