Neil Henry

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Neil Henry
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Personal information
Nickname King[1][2][3][4]
Born (1961-01-23) 23 January 1961 (age 56)
Hobart, Tasmania[1]
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2007–08 Canberra Raiders 49 22 0 27 45
2009–13 North Qld Cowboys 124 59 0 65 48
2014– Gold Coast Titans 43 18 0 25 42
Total 216 99 0 117 46
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2008 Dreamtime Team 1 1 0 0 100
2010 Indigenous All Stars 1 1 0 0 100
Source: Rugby League Project

Neil Henry (born 23 January 1961) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is currently head coach for the Gold Coast Titans of the National Rugby League. Henry previously coached the Canberra Raiders and the North Queensland Cowboys. He has been described as, "one of the game's best tacticians."[5]


Henry was a foundation player of the Raiders, having played for the club from 1982 and 1984 in the lower grades.[citation needed] After a succession of player-coach positions at local clubs in the Canberra competition, he was made coach of the Western Reds' Under 19 team in 1997, before coaching Raiders lower-grade teams between 1999 and 2002.[citation needed]

He was previously the assistant coach of the North Queensland Cowboys between 2002 and 2006, and assistant to Mal Meninga in the Queensland State of Origin team from 2006–2009.

In his first season as an NRL head coach, Henry incurred a fine of $10,000 for the Raiders by questioning the impartiality of the referee following a round 19 loss to Melbourne Storm in 2007.[6]

Henry was named Dally M Coach of the Year for 2008, ahead of other nominees Craig Bellamy, Ricky Stuart and Des Hasler.[7]

In October, 2008, Henry returned to Townsville, Queensland to take over from Ian Millward as head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys. He was also coach of the Australian Aboriginal rugby league team who played before the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Henry coached the Indigenous All Stars in the inaugural All Stars match in 2010, with the Indigenous All Stars prevailing 16-12.

In 2010 Neil Henry was an assistant coach of the PM XIII team that played PNG. In 2010 Henry was in danger of losing his job after the Cowboys won just five out of its 24 games, only avoiding the wooden spoon after Melbourne were stripped of its premiership points for salary cap breaches. In 2011 Neil Henry was able to turn it around by winning 14 games.

Neil Henry was a finalist for Dally M coach of the year in 2011. [8]

However, on 29 July 2013, Neil Henry was informed by North Queensland Cowboys chairman, Laurence Lacini, that his services would no longer be needed in 2014 after a disappointing effort by the club.[9]

On 28 September 2013, it was announced that the former North Queensland mentor signed with Gold Coast Titans as an assistant coach.[10] He was elevated to the role of interim coach after John Cartwright tendered his resignation following a disappointing 2014 season for the club.[11]

On 17 August 2014, Henry coached his first game with the Gold Coast Titans in a 15-12 defeat to the Manly Sea Eagles on the Gold Coast.


  1. ^ a b "Neil Henry". Gold Coast Titans. 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2016-08-13. 
  2. ^ Fox Sports (17 October 2008). "Royal welcome for 'King' Henry". Fox Sports. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Zane Bojack (20 January 2010). "King Henry stands down from Origin". ABC. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Mitch Jennings (20 January 2010). "Henry should be in frame for Coach of the Year". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Brent Read (12 August 2013). "Tigers to consider Neil Henry as assistant coach". The Australian. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Steve Jancetic (2007-07-23). "Simpkins spared over send off gaffe" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  7. ^ Dean Ritchie (2008-09-10). "Henry rewarded for achieving impossible". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  8. ^ "Royal welcome for 'King' Henry". Fox Sports News (Australia). 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
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  11. ^ Cartwright quits as Titans coach, official website, 5 August 2014

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Preceded by
Matthew Elliott
Canberra Raiders

Succeeded by
David Furner
Preceded by
Ian Millward
North Queensland Cowboys

Succeeded by
Paul Green
Preceded by
John Cartwright
Gold Coast Titans

Succeeded by