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General Grant Pocklington

Staff Role/s
SG Ball (U19) Head Coach
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2016
  2. 2017
  3. 2024
Signed From
Pt Chevalier Pirates

Coaches confirmed for ISP and NYC teams​

Richard Becht
Tue 11 Oct 2016, 01:43 PM

Coaching appointments have been confirmed for the Vodafone Warriors’ Intrust Super Premiership and NYC teams for the 2017 season.

Ricky Henry takes charge of the ISP team following Stacey Jones’ appointment as one of the club’s NRL assistant coaches.

Henry, one of Jones’ assistant coaches for the 2016 ISP campaign, has a long history with the Vodafone Warriors stretching back to development roles he held from 2008-2012. He coached the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup in 2012 before having a stint as a Vodafone Warriors NRL assistant coach in 2013-2014.

Joining Henry (38) in the ISP assistant coach’s position is former Vodafone Warrior Jerome Ropati.

Ropati (31), who played 145 NRL games for the club before retiring in 2014, will combine his new ISP coaching role with his work as a Vodafone Warriors community ambassador.

Stepping into the NYC team’s coaching position is Grant Pocklington, who guided the Point Chevalier Pirates to three consecutive Fox Memorial titles in the Auckland competition in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Pocklington was on Jones’ ISP coaching staff this year and was also assistant coach for the Kiwi Ferns for their three-match campaign against the Jillaroos at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines in February and the Anzac Test against Australia in May.


Pocklington named Auckland coach​

June 2018

Three-time Auckland first division winner Grant Pocklington has been appointed to coach the Auckland representative side, in the Queen’s Birthday Weekend clash with the Tonga New Zealand Residents.

Pocklington claimed SAS Fox Memorial Premiership titles with Pt Chevalier in three-consecutive years between 2013-15, before moving on to become assistant coach of the New Zealand Warriors’ reserve-grade side in 2017, and last year head coach of the Junior Warriors.

The veteran mentor said he didn’t have to think twice when offered the chance to be involved with the Auckland side for the match on Saturday, June 2 at Mount Smart Stadium.

“I couldn’t say no to the opportunity, I jumped at it,” Pocklington said.

“There’s a proud history around the Auckland jersey, it’s a great opportunity for our younger players coming through the Fox to play in the jumper, and I feel like I have something to offer these players.

“This is also a chance to reward guys in the Fox who have done the work, and show them that they can go up another level.”

Auckland Rugby League coaching and development manager, Andy Hay, said it was pleasing to appoint someone with such a wealth of experience in the game.
“Grant has coached and enjoyed success at the highest level of club rugby league in New Zealand, and also has experience within the NRL setup at the New Zealand Warriors,” Hay said.

“He will add plenty for the selected players, and be a real asset in what shapes as a big event for the local game.”

Auckland v the Tonga New Zealand Residents will be the feature game of a match day that will include a curtain-raiser between the Auckland Maori U20 and Toa Samoa Invitational U20.