Rugby League Northland has confirmed Mark Freeman as its new Head Coach for the Northern Swords. A high performance coach originally from Queensland, Freeman is a passionate Northlander, having been Head Coach of Northland U18s between 2004 and 2008.
In 2009, Freeman had an extended break from Coaching but in 2014, that is all about to change, with Freeman jumping back on board with his old club Takahiwai, as Assistant Coach with Shane Hool, they have taken the Warriors to be top of the RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership.
Freeman is passionate about building a competitive team for the 2014 NZRL Pirtek National Premiership and is confident that we have the talent to surpass our 2014 results.
Freeman takes over the role from Jim Larkin, who couldn’t commit to the 2014 season, due to work commitments. However Larkin will go back to coach the 15s, who now compete in a week long residential tournament. Larkin coached the 15s in 2010 – 2012 where he secured the Northern Swords first ever victory (in all grades).
Benson Selwyn will again coach the 17s. Selwyn took the 17s to 3rd place in 2014 and has put his hand up for one more year. This year will however, be a different kettle of fish, as the 17s will move away from a weekly competition to a week-long residential tournament in Rotorua.
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