NZ Rugby recognises coaching centurion Joseph

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:54
Large jamie joseph h s 800

NEWS: New Zealand Rugby has presented the Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph with a pounamu mere in recognition of his 100 games at the helm of the Super Rugby club, the Highlanders.

The traditional gift was presented by former Highlanders coach and coaching mentor Tony Gilbert at a farewell function for Jamie Joseph.

Joseph began his NZ coaching career in Wellington eventually guiding the Lions to Ranfurly Shield success in 2008 as well as national championship Finals in 2008 and 2009.

In 2010 Jamie was appointed Maori All Blacks coach and he guided them to a clean sweep against the New Zealand Barbarians, before taking on Ireland and a famous victory over England.

He took over the reins of the Highlanders in 2011 with his debut match being a win against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Known as an uncompromising coach with old fashioned values and strong work ethic, he has fashioned the Highlanders into a formidable team who have enjoyed success through most of his era, particularly at their Dunedin fortress Forsyth Barr Stadium. However, his tenure will forever be remembered for delivering the Highlanders their first ever Super Rugby title in 2015.

"Jamie has left a legacy here that will stand this team in good stead for many seasons to come, you simply can't ask for more than that from your coach," said Highlanders CEO Roger Clark.

"We thank him for his contribution and wish him and his family all the best in the future.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen said Joseph's contribution to rugby has been outstanding.

"What Jamie has been able to achieve in rugby down South is the stuff of legends," he said.

"We knew that when Jamie first joined the Highlanders, that as a former son of Otago, he would be welcomed by rugby fans there.  

"Jamie has been a big part of the Highlanders popularity and success. Under his watch, several Highlanders have earned higher honours with the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks bringing success that any coach would be proud of.

"We are excited for Jamie as he heads to Japan - the hosts of the next Rugby World Cup - and we wish him well for the future," Sorensen said.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9