|Full name||Tony Roy Iro|
30 May 1967 |
Auckland, New Zealand
Tony Roy Iro (born 30 May 1967) is a selector and Assistant Coach of the New Zealand national rugby league team and a former rugby league player. He was a New Zealand international - a veteran of 25 Tests, playing either on the wing or in the second row. Tony Iro is also the older brother of former professional rugby league international footballer Kevin Iro.
Iro first played as a professional in England played with the Wigan Warriors from 1987 to 1989. During the 1988–89 season Iro played on the wing in Wigan's 22-17 victory over Salford in the 1988 Lancashire Cup Final at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 23 October 1988.
He made his début for the Kiwis in the 1988 World Cup Final against Australia. Playing on the wing, he scored a try on debut, but the Kiwis were defeated 25-12 in front of 47,363 at Auckland's Eden Park.
Iro moved to Australia in 1990 and played for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He played at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup for the Kiwis, helping them to the semi-finals where they again went down to Australia in extra time.
He signed with new Super League club Hunter Mariners and after a season with his brother Kevin, ventured to play for the Adelaide Rams after moving to the forwards. Iro, who at the time played for the short-lived Adelaide Rams (1997–98), earlier in 1998 became the only Rams player selected for international duty when he played in the ANZAC Test against Australia at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. Iro's last international series was against Great Britain in England in late 1998 where he played from the bench in the first two tests of the series, both won by NZ. Following the demise of the Rams, 1999 found Iro at the South Sydney Rabbitohs before his return to England.
In 2005 Iro joined the New Zealand Warriors coaching staff and in 2008 was named in inaugural coach of the Toyota Cup side. He was appointed to the New Zealand coaching staff in February 2009.
Following Brian McClennan's sacking on 21 August 2012, Iro was appointed the caretaker coach of the Warriors for the last two matches of the season. At the end of 2012 Iro left the club but rejoined for the 2015 season.
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