VACANCY - CMRFU Women's High Performance Manager

VACANCY - CMRFU Women's High Performance Manager

Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union (CMRFU) has established a new role to develop, lead and manage its rugby programme for elite female rugby players for the purpose of facilitating the continued growth and development of women’s rugby in the Counties Manukau region.  

This role has a strong focus on the identification, support and development of high performance rugby players but will also involve managing and monitoring the budget for the women’s high performance development programme.

Women’s rugby in the Counties Manukau region is in very good health.  CMRFU’s women’s representative team, the “Heat”, compete in the Farah Palmer Cup and have made the final in each of the last three years (winning the national provincial championship in 2017).   Seven Counties Manukau Heat representatives were in the Black Ferns squad that won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2017.

CMRFU’s Director of Rugby, Darryl Suasua, was coach of the Black Ferns for seven years in which they won both the 1998 and the 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup. In the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours, Darryl was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.  Accordingly, the successful candidate will be supported by a very experienced rugby coach.


This role will require the following key skills:

  • Experience leading the development and implementation of high-performance programmes and, preferably, experience developing female athletes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong, mutually‐beneficial relationships with players, staff and other key stakeholders including schools and clubs in the Counties Manukau region as well as New Zealand Rugby.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with the ability, knowledge and experience to inspire optimum performance and thrive in a high pressure, high expectation environment.
  • A positive, enthusiastic and collaborative attitude.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Thursday, 31 January 2019

Full job description - Women's HP Manager Role 15.01.2019.docx

Please send your expression of interest and CV to Bart Hoggard at by 5.00pm on Thursday, 31 January.