Rob Penney

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Rob Penney (born 27 April 1964) is a former New Zealand rugby union player and current head coach at Japanese team NTT Shining Arcs.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Canterbury and New Zealand[edit]

Penney is a former head coach of Canterbury rugby in New Zealand from 2006 to 2011, and led them to win four ITM Cup's in a row.[2] He is also the former coach of the New Zealand under-20 rugby union team, a position he left after the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship.[3][4]

Munster[edit]

On 3 May 2012, it was announced that Penney would be the new Munster new head coach, signing a two-year contract. He started in the role in July 2012 with Anthony Foley remaining on as forwards coach.[5] On appointing Penney, Munster rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said; "We conducted a thorough search to find a replacement for Tony McGahan and were delighted with the calibre of the candidates".[6][7]

Penney took charge of his first competitive game as Munster coach on 1 September 2012, in a Rabo Direct Pro 12 match against Edinburgh Rugby at Murrayfield.[8] Despite a slow start, Munster won the game 23–18, to get his coaching career with Munster off to a winning start.[9][10] Penney's Munster side had a surprise loss in the 2012–13 Heineken Cup on 13 October 2012, when they threw away an early lead against Racing Métro 92 and lost the game 22–17, but crucially secured a losing bonus point. Munster got their campaign back on track against Edinburgh Rugby the next week with a bonus point victory, winning 33–0 on the day and leaving themselves in a strong position to get out of the group stages.[11] A victory and a loss followed in Munster's next two Heineken Cup matches, both against Saracens.[12][13] Munster secured qualification for the quarter-finals in their last match against Racing Métro 92, beating them 29–6 to arrange a quarter-final against Harlequins F.C.. Munster, despite being massive underdogs, beat Harlequins 18–12 to reach the semi-final.[14] Munster lost the semi-final 16–10 to ASM Clermont Auvergne.[15]

In February 2014, Penney announced that he would be leaving Munster at the end of the 2013–14 season, having turned down the option of a third year in charge.[16][17] Penney won the 2013–14 Pro 12 Coach of the Season Award in May 2014.[18]

Shining Arcs[edit]

The Japanese Top League team NTT Shining Arcs has announced him as new head coach for the next season in a communicate on April 11th. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NTT Shining Arcs announces new staff and slogan for 2014 - In Japanese". Top League Internet Site. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fantastic four NPC titles for Canterbury". Stuff.co.nz. 5 September 2011. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Adams insists new Munster boss Penney has quality to answer supporters' prayers". Irish Independent. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Munster appoint Penney as new boss". ESPN Scrum. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Penney's man for Munster". Evening Herald. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Munster appoint Rob Penney as head coach". Limerick Leader. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Canterbury's Rob Penney named new Munster coach". BBC Sport. 2 May 2012. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Penney delighted to make winning start". Irish Independent. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Munster take first big steps for Penney". Irish Examiner. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gritty Munster off to winning start". Limerick Leader. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "End Game Earns Bonus". munsterrugby.ie. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Munster Show Their Gritty Side". munsterrugby.ie. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Munster Lose After Epic Battle". munsterrugby.ie. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Alone They Stand". munsterrugby.ie. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Munster Lose A Game of Two Halves". munsterrugby.ie. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "O'Connell shocked and disappointed by Penney's departure". Irish Examiner. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rob Penney and Simon Mannix to leave Munster at the end of the season". Irish Independent. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "PRO12 Awards For Penney & Hanrahan". munsterrugby.ie. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "NTT Shining Arcs announces new staff and slogan for 2014 - In Japanese". Top League Internet Site. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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Preceded by
Tony McGahan
Munster Rugby coach
2012–14
Succeeded by
Anthony Foley