Mike McClennan

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Mike McClennan
Personal information
Full name Michael James McClennan
Playing information
Position Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–70 Ponsonby
1971–?? Mount Wellington
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971 New Zealand 2
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Mt Albert Lions
1989 Northcote Tigers
1990–93 St. Helens
Total 0 0 0 0
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1995 Tonga

Michael James "Mike" McClennan is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer, and coach who represented his country. He is the father of Brian McClennan.

Playing career[edit]

McClennan played in the Auckland Rugby League premiership for the Ponsonby Ponies and represented the New Zealand Kiwis in two Tests in 1971. He won the Tetley Trophy in 1970 as leading try-scorer in the Auckland Rugby League competition.

Coaching career[edit]

During the 1980s McClennan coached the Mt Albert Lions to six Auckland Rugby League grand finals, winning five.[1] He was also the New Zealand Kiwis assistant coach under Graham Lowe. In 1989 he moved to Northcote and won the premiership with them that year. In 1990 he was appointed the St. Helens head coach. He coached the team between February 1990 and December 1993.[citation needed]

McClennan also was the coach of Tonga at the 1995 World Cup and the Auckland Warriors assistant coach in 1999.[2]

In 2000 he served as the technical advisor to South Africa at the 2000 World Cup.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  2. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p. 58
  3. ^ South Africa, bbc.co.uk; accessed 29 February 2016.
  4. ^ Rhinos aim to break duck bbc.co.uk, 17 October 2000; accessed 29 February 2016.
  5. ^ South Africa, sportinglife.com; accessed 29 February 2016.
Preceded by
Alex Murphy
St. Helens head coach
February 1990 – December 1993
Succeeded by
Eric Hughes