Head Coach Announcement -

Head Coach Announcement

Northern Suburbs Appoint Head Coach 

Northern Suburbs Rugby Club are excited to announce the appointment of impressive young coach Nick Hensley as their first grade mentor for 2019 and beyond.

The 30-year-old Hensley steps into the shoes of Shannon Fraser who has taken up a coaching and development role with NSW Rugby and the Waratahs.

Hensley is considered to be one of the bright young up and comers on the Sydney coaching scene and will hit the ground running with the first on-field session of Norths pre-season scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at the Shore School grounds at Northbridge.

He stood out from the candidates who were interviewed by the selection panel that was made up of President Grahame O’Donnell, Rugby Director Chris Hall, Board Member Cameron Shepherd, General Manager Jack Burey and first grade skipper Hugh Sinclair.

President O’Donnell said his appointment continues Norths reputation of being a place where aspiration and hard work go hand in hand for players, coaches and off-field staff.

Hensley comes to Norths on the back of heading up Randwick’s impressive colts system for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

That culminated with the undefeated premierships in first grade and second grade colts in 2018 and many of those impressive youngsters are already filtering through to the senior ranks.

Hensley beat an impressive field to the job, considered to be one of the key Shute Shield appointments in recent years, that included a number of outstanding candidates.

It’s not his first taste of the “Norths way” after helping the Shoremen’s first grade colts team to the grand final in 2016.

They were beaten in extra time by Sydney Uni in that premiership decider and many of that team have filtered through to the grade ranks since then.

Norths’ Director of Rugby Hall added that success had followed Hensley everywhere he had gone in the game.

“Wherever he has gone he has got results and we’re excited to have Nick (Hensley) on board,” Hall said.

“The work he did with our colts at Norths in 2016 was first rate and what he has done at Randwick over the past couple of years has set that club up for a bright future.

“Nick is big on planning, clear communication and collaborating with his coaching unit and senior players.

“We felt that he had a good handle on the direction where we want the club steered and the values we pride ourselves on.

“That vision includes deeper grade and colts integration as well as the development of the coaches that we have at Norths at the moment.”

First grade skipper Hugh Sinclair, who sat in on the panel that interviewed the leading candidates, believes Hensley is the right man as the club continues to evolve through 2019 and beyond.

“Nick impressed when we spoke to him,” Sinclair said.

“He was clear and confident in explaining how he wants to structure the program at Norths and evolve the way that we want to play.

“We’re looking forward to getting feet on the ground in pre-season and ripping into the work that needs to be done.”

Hensley was Sydney Uni’s first grade hooker in their 2007 and 2008 Shute Shute winning sides and was contracted at the Waratahs from 2006 until 2008 without getting any time in Super Rugby.

He was an outstanding schoolboy rugby player at Barker College and played schools rep footy before joining Sydney Uni colts.

On top of his coaching commitments, he is studying law part time.

Round 1 of the 2019 Shute Shield will commence on Saturday April 6th.

Mark Cashman
CashCow Media Solutions

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