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Otahuhu Leopard centre/ winger with a background in rugby union appeared in 25 Tests for the Kiwis during the 1990s.

Blackmore was signed from Castleford Tigers where he had played since 1991. He missed the opening matches with the Warriors after the overlap of the English season. He flew in on the Thursday and was flown straight out to join the team in Cronulla where he made his debut for the Warriors.

Blackmore joined the Leeds Rhinos in 1997, joining the European Super League competition. He played for Leeds at centre, scoring their sole try in the 1998 Super League Grand Final loss to Wigan Warriors. He went on to play 45 first grade games for the club. In mid-1999 Blackmore suffered a serious leg injury that kept him out for most of the season. In 2000, while recovering from injury, Blackmore played rugby union for the Leeds Tykes against Sale in Round Four of the Tetley's Bitter Cup

Richie would return to the Warriors in 2001 on a one year contract that saw him spend the season largely injured. He would retire at the end of the season.

Since his retirement he has taken on a number of coaching roles in Auckland including a Fox Memorial win over Mt Albert with his junior club Otahuhu and taking the Auckland Vulcans to the NSWRL Cup Grand Final. He is currently the Head Coach for the Papakura Sea Eagles.

  • 1991-1994 - Played for Castleford Tigers, England
  • 1993 - Regal Trophy Champions
  • 1991-2000 - New Zealand Kiwis
  • 1995-1996 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
  • 1998-2000 - Played for Leeds Rhinos, England
  • 2001 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
  • 2006-2010 - Head Coach Otahuhu Leopards
  • 2008 - Assistant Coach New Zealand Maoris
  • 2010 Fox Memorial Champions with Otahuhu Leopards, New Zealand
  • 2011 - Head Coach Auckland Vulcans, New Zealand
  • 2014 - Head Coach Papakura Sea Eagles, New Zealand
 
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Leeds Rhinos Nostalgia

THIS YEAR'S Grand Final was Super League's 20th and half of those have featured Leeds Rhinos.

By The Newsroom
22nd Oct 2017, 3:30pm
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Richie Blackmore celebrates scoring the first try in a Grand Final.

With eight wins Rhinos are the event’s most successful club, but they have also lost twice in title deciders, including the first in 1998.

Nineteen years ago tomorrow Rhinos played their part in an outstanding game and occasion, but were second-best to table-topping Wigan Warriors.

Rhinos beat Wigan at home and away in the regular season, but lost 17-4 at Central Park in a qualifying semi-final two weeks before the main event.
They bounced back to crush St Helens 44-16 in the final eliminator and led for a spell in the first half at Old Trafford before Wigan rallied to secure a deserve 10-4 victory.

New Zealand centre Richie Blackmore was the first player to score a try in a Grand Final, touching down from Ryan Sheridan’s pass at the end of the opening quarter.
Rhinos, brilliantly led by Iestyn Harris, were on top at that stage, but Wigan’s defence – with Kris Radlinski having an outstanding game – kept the league leaders in the contest.

In driving rain, Rhinos – runners-up in the table – also made some costly handling errors and conceded penalties which let Wigan off the hook when they seemed ready to crack.
Wigan struck back through what is still regarded as one of the great Grand Final tries, Jason Robinson slicing past Darren Fleary, Jamie Mathiou and Daryl Powell and then accelerating to the line.

Andy Farrell’s conversion made it 6-4 at the break and Wigan were the better team in the second half.

Farrell extended their advantage with a penalty goal and Neil Cowie had a touchdown disallowed by the video referee before Farrell completed the scoring with a penalty – the 13th for Wigan, to Leeds’ seven – in the last seconds.

A crowd of 43,553 made the event a success, though that was almost 30,000 fewer than saw Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers two weeks ago.
MATCH STATS


Wigan Warriors 10 (Try: Robinson. Goals: Farrell 3)
Leeds Rhinos 4 (Try: Blackmore)

October 24, 1998, Super League Grand Final, at Old Trafford

Wigan Warriors: Radlinski, Robinson, Moore, Connolly, Bell, Paul, Smith, O’Connor, McCormack, Mestrov, Gilmour, Holgate, Andy Farrell. Subs: Cowie, Cassidy, Johnson, Haughton.


Leeds Rhinos: Harris, Rivett, Blackmore, Godden, Cummins, Powell, Sheridan, Masella, Newton, Fleary, Morley, Anthony Farrell, Glanville, Subs: Mathiou, St Hilaire, Holroyd, Hay.
Referee: Russell Smith.

Attendance: 43,553.

 
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Centre Richie Blackmore found success at both Castleford and Leeds during the eight years he spent in England.

Starting at Castleford in 1991, the New Zealand international spent four seasons at the club. He played over 70 games for Castleford and won the Regal Trophy in 1993, the Yorkshire Cup in 1991 and was a runner up in both the Premiership and Challenge Cup Final.

After a short spell back in New Zealand, Blackmore returned to England with Leeds and formed one of the most exciting centre partnerships in the club’s history when he lined up alongside Brad Godden. His first season was only the pre-cursor to 1998, as Blackmore moved into top gear. He became the first player to score a try in the Grand Final with the opening score of the inaugural Grand Final at Old Trafford but a groin injury sidelined the outside back for most of the 1999 season. 2000 saw the Kiwi return to the field for his final season at the club – he made 25 appearances and scored nine tries before moving back to New Zealand Warriors for the 2001 NRL season.
 
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Richie Blackmore named Fox Memorial Trophy's coach of the year

Alan Apted
22:27, Aug 31 2016
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Richie Blackmore was named Auckland Rugby League's coach of the year last night.

The 47-year old was judged the best for winning the Papakura Sea Eagles the minor premiership (Rukutai Shield) and taking them to the Fox Memorial Trophy grand final where they'll meet the Pt Chevalier Pirates at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

His win was announced at the Auckland Rugby League Awards night at Alexandra Park, Epsom.

It's the third time that Blackmore has won the honour.

 
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Blackmore blasts NZRL over path to top coaching

David Skipwith
6 May, 2017 05:00 AM
Richie Blackmore. Photo / File

Richie Blackmore. Photo / File

Frustrated former Kiwis international Richie Blackmore has accused the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) of neglecting local coaching talent and says national development pathways are a road to nowhere.

Blackmore has reluctantly walked away from coaching after an impressive 14-year career after being repeatedly overlooked for various junior and senior national coaching appointments.

The three-time winner of the Auckland Rugby League Coach of the Year award remains disillusioned after Kiwis head coach David Kidwell declared last September plans to appoint a New Zealander as an assistant coach while emphasising the importance of developing a pathway and succession plan for local coaches.

The 25-test Kiwis wing is critical of the NZRL's appointment process and says the national body is sending mixed messages to aspiring coaches and administrators, having installed former England coach Steve McNamara as an assistant to Kidwell and South Sydney general manager Shane Richardson as New Zealand's campaign manager for the upcoming World Cup.

North Queensland NRL premiership winning coach Paul Green has reportedly also been approached to come on board as a second assistant for the end-of-year tournament.

Their appointments come after former Samoa and one-test Kiwis forward Willie Poching and Australian Justin Morgan were not retained after assisting Kidwell through last year's poor Four Nations campaign.

"The appointments this year right across the board are just a perfect example of pathways being closed to New Zealand-based coaches," said Blackmore.

"I've never had an opportunity to coach a New Zealand representative team and I've been banging that door down the whole time. The messages are mixed because they're constantly saying you need to be on a coaching, managerial, or player pathway but then nothing actually eventuates."

Blackmore has no doubts about the credentials of McNamara, Richardson or Green but believes their appointments raise further questions about Kidwell's ability as a head coach.

"Don't get me wrong " we all need help," he said. "You might bring in a forwards or backs coach if you feel they could add something to the mix.

"I'm not saying they aren't good coaches, that's irrelevant. It contradicts everything they are saying and they've been saying this stuff for far too long."

Blackmore began coaching in 2004 and enjoyed success at club level with Manurewa and Otahuhu and the NZ Maori before winning the New South Wales Coach of the Year award in 2011 after guiding the Auckland Vulcans to the NSW Cup grand final.

After a year in the UK working as general manager with Leigh Centurions, he returned home and applied for the NZ Residents under-18s job but was ruled ineligible because he wasn't on the NZRL coaching pathway.

A return to coaching with Papakura in 2014 put him back on course and that year he was among the final four applicants for the Kiwis head coaching role, before Stephen Kearney was eventually retained and Kidwell introduced as an assistant.

Despite making the shortlist for the top job, Blackmore was again overlooked when Kelvin Wright got the nod as analyst ahead of the Kiwis successful 2014 Four Nations campaign.

"This is where I started to get disappointed in the process and procedures the NZRL were employing," Blackmore said. "I got shortlisted and then couldn't win any role. No pathway was extended to me."

After coaching the Sea Eagles to their maiden Fox Memorial title win last season, the 47-year-old is unsure of what more he can do to advance his career after recently being told a poor interview meant he was denied the chance to coach the Junior Kiwis, with Australian-based former Kiwis World Cup winning captain Nathan Cayless getting the job.

"The big shame is that I think I'm a good coach and I've gone a long way to having a good sound understanding of the game but ultimately I've got to the point where I have thrown it in.

"NZRL have lost a good quality volunteer because they've shown me no support.

"We must have some people in New Zealand that deserve an opportunity."

NZRL boss Alex Hayton would not comment on Blackmore's grievances but insists every effort is made to develop and promote local coaching talent.

A review following last year's disappointing Four Nations campaign revealed the need to provide Kidwell with more support and McNamara and Richardson's appointments have been made with the aim of ensuring the Kiwis have the best chance of performing at the World Cup.

Green's involvement with the Kiwis is not confirmed and Hayton says the opportunity remains for a New Zealander to claim an assistant coach position later this year providing they have the right skills.

"If the focus is on winning the World Cup then we have to put the right people in to do that," said Hayton.

"That is the focus for this year. The long-term focus of having an assistant coach who is a Kiwi that we're looking at for the future is still there.

"If there's someone that fits that criteria going towards the World Cup then fantastic but if we don't we're not going to compromise by putting the wrong people in at the wrong time.

"When we get through the World Cup and then start looking forward to the next few years we will be looking at who out there as assistant coaches is a future New Zealand head coach."

Hayton argues McNamara was a logical choice to assist Kidwell due to his role as Warriors assistant coach that sees him working weekly with the Kiwis spine of Issac Luke, Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

"To bring those players in and bring someone else in to work with the spine, that doesn't make sense when we can get someone who's working with them each week," said Hayton.

"It's not saying that David can't do the job but it's getting the right balance in skill sets in that management structure to get the best results out of all of the players.

"And that's why we haven't made that other assistant coach appointment as yet because we want to get through this week, see how it all runs and 'do we need anyone else' and if we do, what role are they playing?"

 
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26. RICHIE BLACKMORE
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We had him listed as a coach last time when he was coaching Papakura Sea Eagles. In 2018 he coached Mangere East Hawks. These days he's doing very well as a real estate agent with his wife. He first started at Ray White Drury from 2017-2020 before joining Bayleys Papakura.

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About Richie​



Working together for the betterment of people and property is Felicity and Richie Blackmore’s catch phrase. For this husband and wife team going above and beyond their clients’ expectations is standard. It’s no surprise that achieving outstanding results that defy the market norm are also standard for this successful team. In just three months they have sold over $12 million worth of property.

The Blackmores arrived to real estate with impressive credentials. Richie had a glittering career as a Kiwi rugby league representative followed by a coaching stint that saw him win three premierships with three different clubs. Richie knows what it takes to succeed and his never-quit attitude invariably pays dividends for the buyers and sellers he works alongside to help them achieve their goals.

Felicity brings to her real estate career a background in social work in South Auckland. She also spent seven years as a Pastoral Care Manager assisting international students, schools and homestay families. It is this caring ability to make a positive difference in people’s lives that Felicity brings to property. High levels of empathy and client care are her speciality.

Felicity and Richie pride themselves on always giving 100% and working extremely hard to achieve the best possible result for their clients. As a team they have earned a reputation as smart, personable and highly driven agents who get results. With a talent for excellent communication and an ability to quickly establish rapport and build trust they are able to get alongside their clients, find out what it is they want to achieve then help make it happen!

Both Richie and Felicity genuinely love the real estate business and have an attitude of constant improvement. This involves reading and researching daily, and constantly engaging with both the city council and industry experts to stay abreast of the latest trends and upcoming developments. Coupled with years of on-the-ground industry experience and extensive skills in negotiation they offer huge expertise. The Blackmores have now become known as South Auckland lifestyle and residential property experts, the go-to agents for those looking to sell or buy in the area.

Away from the office, Richie and Felicity take every opportunity they get to travel and visit their children and grandchildren. They are heavily engaged in the local community, with involvement in several sporting organisations as well as the Maori Pasifika Alliance Networking Hub.

If you’re looking for a solution-focused no-nonsense approach to selling your property for the best possible result then give Felicity and Richie a call today.


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Missing from his CV is a spell as General Manager with Leigh. Someone who is in the know mentioned he was going to be coach and I think he was even offered it. However there was a delay in him getting to the UK (can’t remember why - possibly work permit related) which meant Leigh employed Paul Rowley as coach instead. Iirc the club felt obliged to employ him so made him General Manager

Came from an acquaintance of mine who has sponsored Leigh in the past. Details might not be bang on as we’d had a few pints at this point
 
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One of the greatest Kiwi debuts by both Blackmore and McCracken...



Thanks for posting this where I could come across it at 3 AM when I was off to bed...ended up staying up till 5 am.

I met Richie some weeks after that test, he came to my bar at the time where I was working, with a bunch of cling ons, funny how unknown Kiwi League players could become overnight sensations in those days without a Warriors profile.

One of the Women in their group was a girl I grew up with so I had an automatic 'in' with Richie. This girl was Richies best mates fiance....they all made a handsome group with stunning girls and good looking fellahs.

Richie was very humble about all the hooplah from the test when I got a chance to chat with him at length. He reconed he got Lucky with the breaks he made, and he also told me he worked out he was much bigger and stronger than Dale Shearer in the collision so he made his mind up to take the much more vaunted League star on and treat it like a club game.

His best mate got jealous of me talking with his missus, the childhood friend of mine....I have never forgotten how Blackmores mate took his drink and poured it on my bar and said to me 'clean it up'. He laughed at me and looked at Richie for support, Blackmore took my bar cloth from me and started cleaning up the mess.

I know he had a lot of bad stuff around mistakes he made with Tawera, but I will never forget that he stuck up for me in a humiliating social situation, I couldn't give a fk about the poorly behaved mate of his...but it was a traumatic memory coz I had a hard childhood, and the girl knew I had a shit life before her wanker big man fiance tried to treat me like a piece of dirt.
 
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Thanks for posting this where I could come across it at 3 AM when I was off to bed...ended up staying up till 5 am.

I met Richie some weeks after that test, he came to my bar at the time where I was working, with a bunch of cling ons, funny how unknown Kiwi League players could become overnight sensations in those days without a Warriors profile.

One of the Women in their group was a girl I grew up with so I had an automatic 'in' with Richie. This girl was Richies best mates fiance....they all made a handsome group with stunning girls and good looking fellahs.

Richie was very humble about all the hooplah from the test when I got a chance to chat with him at length. He reconed he got Lucky with the breaks he made, and he also told me he worked out he was much bigger and stronger than Dale Shearer in the collision so he made his mind up to take the much more vaunted League star on and treat it like a club game.

His best mate got jealous of me talking with his missus, the childhood friend of mine....I have never forgotten how Blackmores mate took his drink and poured it on my bar and said to me 'clean it up'. He laughed at me and looked at Richie for support, Blackmore took my bar cloth from me and started cleaning up the mess.

I know he had a lot of bad stuff around mistakes he made with Tawera, but I will never forget that he stuck up for me in a humiliating social situation, I couldn't give a fk about the poorly behaved mate of his...but it was a traumatic memory coz I had a hard childhood, and the girl knew I had a shit life before her wanker big man fiance tried to treat me like a piece of dirt.
Thanks for sharing bro.Love that story. Really lines up with what I saw that night too. I can't remember a win that excited me more. Those two looked like superstars when the Kiwis had very few. They became my instant faves. That's class what Richie did for you.
 
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Missing from his CV is a spell as General Manager with Leigh. Someone who is in the know mentioned he was going to be coach and I think he was even offered it. However there was a delay in him getting to the UK (can’t remember why - possibly work permit related) which meant Leigh employed Paul Rowley as coach instead. Iirc the club felt obliged to employ him so made him General Manager

Came from an acquaintance of mine who has sponsored Leigh in the past. Details might not be bang on as we’d had a few pints at this point
I can relate lol to the story details after having a few lol.
 
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Bob Bailey... would have to be rated as the most ordinary Kiwi coach of all time. Yet he had a very good team, of mainly young players who really turned it on that night. I honestly cannot think of anything that Bob would have said or done to make any difference.
 

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