John Monie

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John Monie
Personal information
Full nameJohn Stephen Monie
Born (1946-10-06) 6 October 1946 (age 73)
Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968–70 Cronulla-Sutherland 48 10 0 1 32
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1984–89 Parramatta Eels 149 86 1 62 58
1989–93 Wigan 172 136 4 32 79
1995–97 Auckland Warriors 61 30 0 31 49
1998–99 Wigan Warriors 46 37 0 9 80
2000 London Broncos 28 6 0 22 21
Total 456 295 5 156 65
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2005–08 France 7 1 0 6 14
Source: [1][2]

John Stephen Monie (born 6 October 1946) is a former professional rugby league coach and player. He is probably best known for his coaching career where he won premierships in both Australia and England.

Playing career[edit]

Monie was a Standoff who played for his local club on the Central Coast, Woy Woy. After playing in over 100 first grade games for Woy Woy, in 1968 he moved to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[3] In 1968, in a game against the Newtown Jets, he became the first Sharks player to score 4 tries in a match.[4] He was named the Sharks' Player of the Year in 1969.[5]

Monie played for the Sharks for three seasons, almost making the Australian touring team.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Monie began his coaching career at his old Woy Woy club. However he soon moved back to Parramatta to act as an assistant coach under the legendary Jack Gibson.[6] When Gibson retired in 1984 Monie took over and he led Parramatta to a Grand Final victory in 1986 over Canterbury, winning 4-2.

He moved to Wigan in 1989. He guided the team to four consecutive league Championship and Challenge Cup doubles, a feat no other coach has achieved in the English game.[7] During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, Monie coached defending champions Wigan to their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. During the 1992–93 Rugby Football League season Monie coached Wigan, again defending RFL champions, in the 1992 World Club Challenge against the visiting Brisbane Broncos but lost.

In 1995 he returned to the Australasian competition, being made head coach of the new Auckland Warriors franchise. Monie left halfway through the 1997 season.

Monie then returned to Wigan for the 1998 season and guided them to a Super League Grand Final victory but failed to land the double after losing 17-8 to Sheffield in the Challenge Cup final. Monie stayed with Wigan until the end of 1999 when he moved to the London Broncos. Monie left London at the end of the 2000 season. Most recently he assists Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett. In 2006 he was hired by the Cronulla Sharks to review the club after a series of very poor performances.[8]

Between 2005 and 2008 Monie was the head coach of the France national rugby league team.[9]


  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ RL Stats Archived 12 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ This Week In History – 8 May 1966
  4. ^ David Middleton (editor) (2013). "2013 Official Rugby League Annual". Alexandria NSW, 2015: NewsLifeMedia for the National Rugby League: 155. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Alan Whiticker. "John Monie". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b Dave Hadfield lessons of the quiet man from Woy Woy The Independent, 29 April 1993
  7. ^ Monie remembers the golden days of Wigan's Challenge Cup success Mail, 4 June 2007
  8. ^ "Monie to head Sharks review". Television New Zealand. AAP. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  9. ^ Monie to take France coaching job BBC, 1 July 2005

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Preceded by
New Zealand Warriors

Succeeded by
Frank Endacott
Preceded by
Jack Gibson
Parramatta Eels

Succeeded by
Mick Cronin