Matt Parish

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Matt Parish
Personal information
Full name Matthew Parish
Born Australia
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–1993 Balmain Tigers 55 6 0 0 24
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2011 Salford City Reds 6 1 0 5 17
2013– Samoa 9 4 0 5 44
Total 15 5 0 10 33
As of 15 November 2014
Source: RLP

Matt Parish is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Samoa national rugby league team.

Parish played in 55 first-grade matches for the Balmain Tigers between 1988 and 1993. He moved into coaching, and served as assistant coach of the North Queensland Cowboys and the New South Wales State of Origin team.[1]

He was appointed as the head coach of English Super League club the Salford City Reds in July 2011. He coached the side for six matches, winning one, before resigning in November 2011, citing "personal reasons".[2][3] The Manchester Evening News reported that he had fallen out with the club's administration, having been critical of a number of aspects of the club's management.[4] Shortly after leaving Salford, he returned to Australia and was appointed an assistant coach of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, then the reigning National Rugby League premiers.[5]

In 2013, he was appointed as head coach of Samoa. [6]

He coached the Samoans to a quarter-final appearance in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Earlier in the Tournament Samoa faced New Zealand. The Samoans were down 36-4 in the second half, until the Samoans gave 'the Kiwis' a scare scoring 20 consecutive points, leaving the Samoans within 13 points of taking the lead with 15 minutes to go in the match. Unfortunately 'the Kiwis' would score one more try to seal the match. This game was one of the best games in the World Cup. The Samoans would win their next two games against the Kumuls and the French, to secure their spot in the quarter-final where they'd take on firece pacific-rivals Fiji. They would lose the match by 22-4 ending a successful World Cup campaign.

In 2014 and Suzanne Hadley (while married to Australian 2GB Radio broadcaster Ray Hadley) began dating Matt Parish, the Canberra Raiders assistant coach and assistant coach of the NSW 2014 State of Origin team.

In May 2014 it was revealed that Hadley had unsuccessfully attempted to have Parish fired from his post with the NRL after Suzanne and Parish began their relationship.[7]


  1. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (5 June 2011). "Mates help Parish score a pact with the Devils". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Hadfield, Dave (18 November 2011). "Parish perishes at Reds after less than six months". The Independent (London). Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Parish quits Reds role". Sky Sports. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Barker, Neil (18 November 2011). "Parish's strained Salford Reds reign always destined for a Matt finish". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Trodden, Matt (25 November 2011). "Sea Eagles Add to Coaching Staff". (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles). Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Sky Sports  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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