Graham Lowe

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Graham Lowe
Personal information
Born (1946-10-02) 2 October 1946 (age 68)
New Zealand
Playing information
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Otahuhu
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1977–78 Otahuhu
1979–8? Norths (Brisbane)
1986–89 Wigan
1990–92 Manly-Warringah 70 40 3 27 57
1996 Nth. Qld. Cowboys 21 6 0 15 29
Total 91 46 3 42 51
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1983–86 New Zealand 6 1 0 5 17
1988 Rest of the World 1 0 0 1 0
1991–92 Queensland 6 3 0 3 50
1995 Western Samoa
Source: RLP

Graham Michael Lowe, ONZM, QSM, is a New Zealand former rugby league football coach and administrator. He previously coached in Australia and England and was the CEO of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He is also the only non-Australian to coach a State of Origin team.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Lowe was an Otahuhu Leopards junior and played in their premier side before he retired early due to injury.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

1970s[edit]

Lowe had begun coaching the Otahuhu under-18's in 1974 before becoming a first grade coach in 1977 at Otahuhu. The club won the Fox Memorial in his first year as coach. In 1979 he moved to the Brisbane club competition, coaching the Norths Devils.

1980s[edit]

In 1980 Lowe took the Norths club to the Brisbane Rugby League's grand final which they won. He coached Norths until the end of the 1982 season, his last game being against the Arthur Beetson-coached Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Oval. In 1983, Graham Lowe was appointed coach of New Zealand. He would relinquish the Kiwis role in 1985 but returned to coach the Kiwis in 1985 and 1986. Under Lowe's coaching the Kiwis won two (including NZ's first win over Australia in twelve years at Lang Park in 1983) and lost 5 games, mostly losing to the powerful Wally Lewis-led Australians (NZ lost all tree tests of the 1986 Trans-Tasman Tests).

In 1986 he moved to Britain's Rugby Football League competition, where he was to coach English club Wigan. Wigan had been bereft of success for 27 years. However, under Lowe's coaching at club level, Wigan would re-emerge to be a power in the British game. It was while Lowe was coaching that Wigan were able to secure the signatures of Great Britain players Ellery Hanley and Andy Gregory. Lowe lead Wigan to their first RFL Championship in 27 years and would go on to guide Wigan to their 1987 World Club Challenge victory over Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, the English club's first ever WCC title. He would also lead Wigan to success in both the 1988 and 1989 Challenge Cup finals.

1990s[edit]

Moving back to Australia, Lowe coached the team he had beaten in the 1987 WCC, Manly-Warringah, between 1990 and 1992. He was successful in bringing the Sea Eagles back to the finals in 1990 and 1991. During 1991, Lowe was appointed coach of the Queensland Maroons State of Origin team, becoming the first and so far only non-Australian to coach in the rugby league showpiece. After being appointed Maroons coach Lowe suffered from health problems when a blood clot in his leg threatened to end not only his coaching career but his life. He recovered in time to lead Queensland to a 2–1 victory over NSW in the 1991 State of Origin series. He was re-appointed for the 1992 series but Qld went down to the Phil Gould-coached Blues two games to one.

Graham Lowe also coached the Western Samoan side for the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.

In 1996, Lowe coached the North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year contract before stepping aside for Tim Sheens.

In the late 1990s he was a part owner of the Auckland Warriors.

2000s[edit]

In 2008 Lowe coached in New Zealand with the Bay of Plenty Stags of the National Provincial Competition.[2]

Administration career[edit]

On 25 November 2009, Lowe was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Manly Sea Eagles. He stood down from this position in April 2011 due to health issues.[3]

Honours[edit]

Lowe was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 1986.[4]

In the 2013 New Year Honours, Lowe was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the community.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1984 Autex Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1984. p.53
  2. ^ Graham Lowe back coaching Sunday News, 8 June 2008
  3. ^ Lowe stands down as Manly CEO rleague.co.nz, 28 April 2011
  4. ^ Graham Lowe says serving Rugby League has been a privilege. Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  5. ^ New Year Honours List 2013. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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Preceded by
Ces Mountford
Coach
New Zealand Kiwis

1983-1986
Succeeded by
Tony Gordon
Preceded by
Alan Thompson
1989
Coach
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

1990-1992
Succeeded by
Bob Fulton
1993-1999
Preceded by
Grant Bell
1995
Coach
North Queensland Cowboys

1996
Succeeded by
Tim Sheens
1997-2001
Preceded by
Arthur Beetson
1989-1990
Coach
Queensland
State of Origin

1991-1992
Succeeded by
Wally Lewis
1993-1994