Steve McNamara

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Steve McNamara
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Personal information
Full nameSteven McNamara
Born (1971-09-18) 18 September 1971 (age 49)
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1989–96 Hull F.C. 162261305369
1996–00 Bradford Bulls 110163848840
2000 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 19240088
2001–03 Huddersfield Giants 5341431303
Total34448697141600
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1991–93 Great Britain U-21 50000
1992–97 Great Britain 40000
1995–99 England 5012024
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
200610 Bradford Bulls 1376946450
2017 Catalans Dragons 884514251
Total225114510651
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
201015 England 271601159
As of 26 April 2021
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Steve McNamara (born 18 September 1971) is an English professional rugby league football coach who is the head coach of the Catalans Dragons in the Betfred Super League and a former professional player. He is a former coach of England, and a Great Britain international as a player. [1] [2] [3] [4]

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At club level he played for Hull F.C., Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and the Huddersfield Giants. He came through the coaching ranks at the Bradford Bulls, rising to the Head coach position in the Super League. He held assistant coaches positions at the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL.

Early years

McNamara was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. He attended South Holderness Technology College in Preston, Hull.[ citation needed ]

Playing career

Hull

McNamara joined Hull F.C. from local amateur side Skirlaugh at the age of 17 and he was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. McNamara won caps for Great Britain while at Hull F.C. in 1992 against France (sub), in 1993 against France (sub), won caps for England while at Hull F.C. in 1995 against Wales (sub), and France. He'd spent seven years with Hull FC, before moving to the Bradford Bulls in 1996.

Bradford Bulls

While at the Bradford Bulls in 1996 he also played for England against France. [2] He played for Great Britain while at Bradford Bulls in 1997 against Australia (SL) (2 matches) (sub). [3] McNamara played for the Bradford Bulls at loose forward in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St. Helens. In 1999 he represented England against France (2 matches). At the Bradford Bulls he was the main goal-kicker and kicked 349 goals.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

McNamara was released from the Bradford Bulls in 2000 and joined Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (captain). In 2000, at the height of a financial crisis at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, the contracts of all players aged over 24 were terminated during September 2000. The players affected were; Andy Fisher, Bobbie Goulding, Warren Jowitt, Tony Kemp (player-coach), Steve McNamara, Francis Maloney, Martin Masella, Steve Prescott, Bright Sodje, Francis Stephenson and Glen Tomlinson. [6]

McNamara joined the Huddersfield Giants before joining the coaching staff at Bradford Bulls at the end of the 2003's Super League VIII.

Coaching career

He coached the Bradford Bulls' Senior Academy to Grand Final success in his first year as a coach at the club.

On 20 April 2006 Steve was promoted to head coach of Bradford Bulls [7] following Brian Noble's departure to Wigan Warriors. At the time he was the youngest coach in Britain.

In his first season in charge, he guided the Bradford Bulls to the Super League playoffs before the club were knocked out of the grand final eliminator by Hull FC.

McNamara was appointed Great Britain assistant coach on 30 April 2007.

His coaching career while at the Bradford Bulls contains several unwanted records, such as being the first Bradford Bulls coach in Super League to fail to guide his team to the end of season play-offs and being in charge for the worst losing streak the club has seen in 20 years.

Bradford Bulls fans became increasingly frustrated with his team's lacklustre performances since taking over the reins in 2006 and following defeat by Harlequins RL (the 8th defeat in a row, the Bradford Bulls worst run in Super League history). His time as Bradford Bulls head coach came to an end on 13 July 2010 as the Bradford Bulls board ended his contract by mutual consent and allowed him to become full-time England coach.

As of April 2010 he was part-time England coach until the end of the 2010 Super League season. He became full-time England coach afterwards. He won his first game as England coach against France 60–6. This game was played at the Leigh Sporting Village on Saturday 12 June 2010.

He coached England to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final.

On 12 December 2013, McNamara was appointed the assistant coach of the 2013 National Rugby League (NRL) premiers the Sydney Roosters. The Sydney Roosters head coach Trent Robinson was looking for a new assistant coach because his previous assistant Paul Green took up the head coaching position of the North Queensland Cowboys.

He joined the New Zealand Warriors for the 2017 season. [8]

He coached Catalans to the 2018 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium. [9]

International coaching record

Four Nations record
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
Australia/New Zealand 2010 Third place3/43120
England/Wales 2011 Second place2/44220
Australia/New Zealand 2014 Third place3/43120
Total0 Titles0/310460
World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
England/Wales 2013 Third place3/145320
Total0 Titles0/15320
Baskerville Shield record
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
2015 Winners1/23210
Total1 Title1/13210
International Origin
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
2011 match Second place2/21010
2012 series Second place2/22110
2013 match Champions1/21100
Total1 Title1/34220
Autumn International Series
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
2012 series Champions1/33300
Total1 Title1/13300
Other Test matches
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
2010 Winners1/21100
2015 Winners1/21100
Total2 Wins2/22200

Overall record

CoachedWonLostDrawn % Won
Total271611059.26%

As of 14 November 2015


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Noble
2001-2006
Coach
Bullscolours.svg
Bradford Bulls

2006-2010
Succeeded by
Lee St Hilaire
2010
Preceded by
Tony Smith
2008-2009
Coach
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England

2010-2015
Succeeded by
Wayne Bennett
2016-2020
Preceded by
Michael Monaghan
(interim)
2017
Coach
Catalanscolours.svg
Catalans Dragons

2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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