John Ackland (rugby league)
Ackland coaching Samoa in 2008
|Full name||Richard John Ackland|
2 August 1958 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (14 st 0 lb)|
Richard John Ackland (born 2 August 1958 in Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby league coach and scout and former cricketer who currently works for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League (NRL). He is a former player and represented New Zealand in 1983. His late uncle, Ron, also played for New Zealand.
Ackland played rugby league in New Zealand in the 1980s as a forward. In 1981, he won the Lipscombe Cup while playing in the Auckland Rugby League competition for Mt Albert. He also was named man of the match in the 1981 Fox Memorial grand final, after scoring a try. In 1983, he won the Bert Humphries Memorial for best forward in the competition.
He spent the 1982-83 off-season in England with the Hunslet. In 1986, he moved to New South Wales, playing for the Murwillumbah Brothers club. In 1987, he joined Wagga Brothers as the captain-coach before returning to Mount Albert in 1989 for one last season.
In 1983, he made his one and only appearance for the New Zealand Kiwis, coming off the bench against Papua New Guinea. Ackland also represented Auckland and played in the 1983 draw against Hull F.C.
Ackland has had a long association with the Mt Albert Lions and in 1995 coached the Auckland Warriors under 16s and the Colts side in the Lion Red Cup. In 1996, he was the club's Development officer and in 1997 he was the under 19 coach.
Ackland worked as a New Zealand-based scout for the Australian rugby league club the Canterbury Bulldogs where he is credited as bringing Sonny Bill Williams, Roy Asotasi and Hutch Maiava to the club 
In 2006, he was appointed the Assistant Coach for the New Zealand Warriors. In 2010 he was switched with Tony Iro and Ackland became the Warrior's Toyota Cup coach. The team won the grand final in 2010, the club's first grand final victory, and repreated the feat in 2011. In 2013 he announced he was stepping down from the position at the end of the year.
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