Rugby | All Blacks unveil new head of high performance

Auckland – New Zealand Rugby has announced the appointment of Mike Anthony as their new head of high performance.

Anthony was responsible for identifying and developing emerging rugby talent for the past eight years.

New Zealand Rugby chief of rugby Nigel Cass told the All Blacks’ official website that Anthony’s work in leading player development, including the New Zealand Under 20 and New Zealand Schools programmes, had established an excellent pathway into higher honours.

“Mike has been instrumental in leading the work behind developing future
All Blacks and his reputation in working with all our Super Rugby clubs
and provincial unions sets him up well to continue that,” Cass said.

“As a trusted member of the wider All Blacks management group, he has been able to form a useful link between the age group programmes and elite teams and has been responsible for managing the transition of players through to the professional game.

“We congratulate Mike and we are excited about his ability to bring real cohesion and coordination across all our high performance programmes,” Cass said.

Anthony brings 24 years’ experience working in rugby across a range of successful high performance sporting environments both within elite teams and leading high performance programmes.

He commented: “I am excited about the challenge ahead, building on NZ Rugby’s proud legacy. My focus will be on building on our existing systems to identify and develop players, coaches and support staff and ensuring our teams continue to stay ahead of the opposition and sustain success on the world stage.”


Anthony began his
professional career in Christchurch working as strength and conditioning coach for both Canterbury and the Crusaders. He then worked with the All
Blacks and New Zealand Sevens programmes, followed by four years with
Gloucester Rugby in England. Anthony returned to New Zealand Rugby in
2008 as high performance sports science manager before taking on the high performance player development manager role in 2011. During this
time Anthony has managed the player pathway, led the New Zealand Under
20 and NZ Schools campaigns and worked closely with the All Blacks in a
strength and conditioning capacity.

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