Frank Endacott

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Frank Endacott
Personal information
Full name Frank Morris Endacott
Nickname Happy Frank
Playing information
Position Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19?? Addington (CRL)
19??–1987 Hornby (CRL)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1997–1998 Auckland Warriors 42 16 0 26 38
1999–2001 Wigan Warriors 31 25 1 5 81
2004–2005 Widnes Vikings 3 1 0 2 33
Total 76 42 1 33 55
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1989–1993 Canterbury
1995–2000 New Zealand 13 4 0 9 31
As of 24 February 2009
Source: RLP

Frank Morris Endacott, ONZM, is a retired rugby league player and coach from New Zealand. His son, Shane, also played rugby league.

Playing career[edit]

Endacott played for Addington and Hornby in the Canterbury Rugby League competition. He made the Junior Kiwis in 1963, but after marrying and having a family of four sons decided not to take his rugby league playing career any further.[1]

Coaching in New Zealand[edit]

Endacott started coaching Canterbury provincial sides in New Zealand before becoming involved with the Auckland Warriors, coaching the reserve side in the club's debut year in 1995. He continued with this role until John Monie was sacked as head coach halfway through the 1997 Super League season. He was the head coach of the Warriors for the rest of 1997 and the 1998 season, leaving after being dumped by the club's new owners prior to the 1999 season.[2]

While coaching Canterbury he was twice named Canterbury Coach of the Year by The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust.[3]

Coaching in England[edit]

Endacott joined Wigan Warriors after the 1999 season,[4] initially only on a one-year contract. In 2000 he was named Super League's Coach of the Year. Endacott took the Wigan Warriors to the 2000 Super League Grand Final but lost against St Helens RLFC. He went on to coach the club until 2001.[5] He won the Minor Premiership in 2000 and made the Grand Final but was sacked after a string of bad results in the 2001 season. However club chairman Maurice Lindsay said that Endacott had left the club in a better state than he'd found it.[6]

In August 2004 Frank put his player management business on hold to act as an advisor to the Widnes Vikings.[7] He helped the Vikings to avoid relegation at the end of the season and was subsequently appointed as head coach for the 2005 Season.[8] He left at the end of the 2005 season after the Vikings were relegated from the Super League.[9]


While coaching in Canterbury, Endacott led tours of both the Junior Kiwis and New Zealand Residents.

Endacott was appointed as head coach of the New Zealand Kiwis in 1994 and continued in this role until the end of the 2000 season. His spell as head coach included two World Cups, in 1995 and 2000.

In 2008 Frank was involved in his third World Cup, coaching the New Zealand Police team in the inaugural Police World Cup.[10] The team lost the final 20-12.

Player Agent & Later life[edit]

Endacott is a well known player agent and, alongside his business partner Peter Brown, manages many professional rugby league players.[11]

In 2002, his biography Being Frank was published.[12]

On December 2006 Frank was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, as part of the New Year Honours 2007.


  1. ^ Richard Becht. A New Breed Rising: The Warriors Winfield Cup Challenge. Auckland, HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 1-86950-154-3. p.141.
  2. ^ [1] NZ HERALD, 30 January 1999
  3. ^ Previous Winners The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust
  4. ^ "Super League Team-by-team guide". (UK: Telegraph Media Group Limited). 1 March 2001. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  5. ^ 'Teddy bear' Endacott to coach Wigan The Independent, 3 December 1999
  6. ^ Wigan sack Endacott BBC Sport, 14 May 2001
  7. ^ Endacott relishes fight at Widnes The Guardian, 28 August 2004
  8. ^ How the Engage Super League clubs will finish in 2005 The Times, 10 February 2005
  9. ^ Endacott calls it a day at Widnes BBC Sports, 14 September 2005
  10. ^ Kiwi Ferns and New Zealand Police both in World Cup Finals NZRL, 13 November 2008
  11. ^ "Williams' dash 'a disgrace' - Endacott". The Press. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Being Frank: A Biography of Rugby League Coach Frank Endacott (Paperback)

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Preceded by
Howie Tamati
New Zealand Kiwis

Succeeded by
Gary Freeman
Preceded by
John Monie
New Zealand Warriors

Succeeded by
Mark Graham
Preceded by
Andy Goodway
Wigan Warriors

Succeeded by
Stuart Raper