Richie Blackmore (rugby league)
|Full name||James Richard Blackmore|
|Born||2 July 1969|
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||104 kg (16 st 5 lb)|
James Richard "Richie" Blackmore (born 2 July 1969 in New Zealand) is a rugby league coach and former professional footballer who represented his country. His position of preference was in the centres.
Blackmore joined Castleford at the start of the 1991/1992 season and quickly established himself in the team. He played 111 senior games for the club, leaving at the end of the 1994/1995 season. It was in Castleford that Blackmore had an off field incident with Tawera Nikau that resulted in Nikau refusing to play for the New Zealand Kiwis if Blackmore was in the same team.
Richie Blackmore played Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored a try in Castleford's 12-28 defeat by Wigan in the 1992 Challenge Cup Final during the 1991–92 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1992, in front of a crowd of 77,386.
Richie Blackmore played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Castleford Tigers' 33-2 victory over Wigan in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy Final during the 1993–94 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.
Blackmore joined the new Auckland Warriors side in 1995, however he missed the opening rounds due to the overlap with the British season. As a result, he found it hard to secure a place in the starting line up and played only ten first grade games in 1995.
Blackmore played another seventeen games for the Warriors in 1996 before deciding to return to England.
Blackmore joined the Leeds Rhinos in 1997, joining the European Super League competition. He played for Leeds at centre, scoring their sole try in the 1998 Super League Grand Final loss to Wigan Warriors. He went on to play 45 first grade games for the club.
Return & Retirement
At the end of the 2000 season Blackmore signed a one-year deal with the renamed New Zealand Warriors who were looking for an experience back to help shape their youthful squad. Blackmore played eight first grade games for the club, before retiring at the end of the season.
He continued to play in the Auckland Rugby League competition, moving into the second row. In 2005 he was the player-coach of the Manurewa Marlins when they won the Fox Memorial. He retired properly at the end of that season, taking up the head coach position at Otahuhu in 2006.
After retiring from playing Blackmore remained involved with the Warriors, and was often seen running out water to the team during matches.
In 2006 Blackmore accepted a role as head coach of the Otahuhu Leopards in the Auckland Rugby League competition. He held this position until the end of 2010, leading the team to a Fox Memorial grand final victory over the Mt Albert Lions.
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- Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
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- Blackmore pulls Leeds back from brink of upset Leeds 42 Dewsbury 10 The Independent, 11 March 2000
- Blackmore boomerangs back to Warriors Sunday Star Times, 19 November 2000
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909–2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.347.
- Coaches keen to extend Otahuhu's proud record Tamaki and Districts Times, 7 June 2006
- "What they said", Super League, Issue 1 2010. p.17
- NZ Maori name coaching staff for World Cup curtain raiser rlcup.com, 14 June 2008
- Vulcans Coach for 2011 aucklandvulcans.co.nz, 9 December 2010
- Leigh appoint Rowley Yahoo! Sport, 2 February 2012
- Team Lists Round 13 - July 5 aucklandleague.co.nz
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