Ponsonby Rugby Club are proud to announce that Peter Leuluso’o, Brad Tauwhare and Dwight Egelhof have been appointed as coaches of the Premier team for 2016.
Peter has over 11 years of Premier playing experience within Auckland having originally played at University before seeing the light and joining Ponsonby where he won 2 Gallaher shields and gained his Ponsonby blazer.
He also spent 5 years in Portugal as a professional rugby player at the CDUL University Rugby Club. Peter joined the Ponsonby Reserves coaching team in 2014 as an assistant coach and then as Head coach for the 2015 season. Both years were very successful as the team reached the final both years and won a championship in 2014.
Brad Tauwhare also has over 10 years of Premier playing experience within Auckland having played for Eden before joining Ponsonby in 2004. He has won 7 Gallaher shields and has played over 100 games for Ponsonby earning his Centurion blazer. He has coached the U21’s for three years and was the Head Coach in 2015.
Dwight has recently relocated from Johannesburg, South Africa to Auckland with his fiancé Carina. One of the main contributing factors for the move was to improve his rugby knowledge. He been coaching for 11 years, 5 of which were full time, which consisted of coaching at Club, First XV (Secondary Schools) and various representative levels. Dwight joined the Reserves coaching team in 2015 as an Assistant coach and quickly proved his coaching ability amongst the players and his peers.
Peter had this to say about his appointment as Head Coach of the Premier team:
My role will be to drive good values and attitude to create a culture and an environment where my players and management will work extremely hard, be good role models for the club community but most importantly enjoy and have pride in representing Ponies. I am hoping the brand of rugby and the standards we set off the field will be one where our loyal club members, our friends and family, and the wider Ponsonby rugby community can be proud of. I’m looking forward to the season and hope to meet you all.