Tim Sheens

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Tim Sheens
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Personal information
Full nameTimothy Sheens
Born (1950-10-30) 30 October 1950 (age 71)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
Position Prop
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1970–82 Penrith Panthers 166110033
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
198487 Penrith Panthers 984345144
198896 Canberra Raiders 22014836967
199701 Nth Qld Cowboys 1032747226
200312 Wests Tigers 250122012849
201719 Hull Kingston Rovers 784423256
2020 Widnes Vikings 750271
Total7563891335451
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
1991 NSW City 10010
1991 New South Wales 310233
200608 NSW City 321067
200915 Australia 31261484
2021 Combined Nations 1100100
Source: [1] [2]

Tim Sheens (born 30 October 1950) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. Head Coach of the Australia national team between 2009 and 2015, he has also been the head coach of National Rugby League (NRL) clubs, the Penrith Panthers, the Canberra Raiders, the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers. As a player, Sheens was a prop forward with Sydney's Penrith club in the 1970s and 1980s before he retired and became their coach. Sheens returned to the Wests Tigers in 2021 as the Head of Football Operations.

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He then coached the Raiders, taking them to victory in the 1989, 1990 and 1994 premierships. With the Tigers he won the 2005 premiership. Sheens also set a new record for most games in Australian rugby league premiership history and also coached the New South Wales Blues for the 1991 State of Origin series. In June 2015 he accepted a role with Super League club the Salford Red Devils to become Director of Rugby leading to his eventual resignation as the coach of the Australian National Team in October later that year. In September 2016 [3] it was announced that he would join then Super League club the Hull Kingston Rovers and he formally stepped down from his role at Salford Red Devils as they confronted Hull Kingston Rovers in the £1M Game relegation decider. Salford Red Devils won the game but Sheens confirmed his decision to coach Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017, [4] in the Championship.

It was announced that Sheens would return to the Wests Tigers in 2021 working in pathways, development, and talent identification. Sheens was later announced as the club's coach for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Playing career

Born to a well known rugby league family of the Penrith area, [5] Tim Sheens was educated at St Dominic's College in Penrith but spent his last two years of school at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, where he was the school captain and First XIII captain in 1968. [6]

Sheens had a lengthy playing stint with Penrith Panthers, playing 166 first grade games from 1970 to 1982 and scoring 11 tries. Starting his career as a backrower, he finished as a ball-playing prop. [7] In 1974 he was named as the Penrith Panthers' Player of the Year, [8] but had his jaw broken in the inaugural Amco Cup final against Western Division. [5]

By 1982, Sheens had played a club record 258 games in all grades, but was unable to come to terms with the club for another season. With 166 first grade appearances, Sheens was the most capped Penrith Panthers player until Royce Simmons surpassed him in the 1989 season. [7] Sheens was soon coaxed out of retirement though, playing one season with the Campbelltown City Kangaroos in 1983, captaining that club to the Group 6 Rugby League premiership that season.

In October 2006, in recognition of his contribution as a player, Sheens was named as one of the Penrith Panthers "Team of Legends". [9]

Tim Sheens' brother, Bob, was also a first grade NSWRFL player for Eastern Suburbs.

Coaching career

Penrith Panthers

Although his first ever game as first-grade coach was a 24–12 loss to St George, Tim Sheens has a track-record of reforming under-performing teams to premiership victory. He brought Penrith to their first finals series ever in 1985, before departing the club at the end of the 1987 season.

Canberra Raiders

Sheens coached the Canberra Raiders to their first premiership in 1989. In the post season he travelled with the Raiders to England for the 1989 World Club Challenge which was lost to Widnes. He won further premierships with Canberra in 1990 and 1994.

North Queensland Cowboys

However, his time with the North Queensland Cowboys (1997–2001) was less successful and, after board discussions, a period of stress-leave and while News Limited launched a take-over of the club, [10] he resigned from North Queensland on 25 May 2001. [11]

Wests Tigers

In 2002, Sheens accepted the coaching position with the Wests Tigers for the 2003 season, replacing Terry Lamb. The feat of the Wests Tigers winning the 2005 Grand Final against the Cowboys has been largely attributed to Sheens.

Sheens has coached four premiership winning teams, making him second only to Wayne Bennett among current coaches. Sheens was awarded the Dally M Coach of the Year in 1984, 1990 and 2005.

As NRL Premiers Wests travelled to England to play against Super League champions Bradford Bulls in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Sheens oversaw the Tigers' 30–10 loss.

In December 2007, Sheens' contract with the Tigers – due to expire at the end of the 2008 season – was extended to 2010. [12]

On 3 May 2010, Sheens became the first coach in Australian rugby league history to reach 600 games. In 2011, Penrith Panthers offered Tim the job as head coach for the club. However, on 29 April 2011, Tim decided to stay coach for the Tigers and extended his coaching contract for until 2014. On 25 September 2012, after days of speculation about Sheen's future due to a poor recent season, the Tigers announced Sheens would not coach the team in the 2013 season, but offered him other roles at the club.

Salford Red Devils

On 23 June 2015, Sheens become director of rugby league at the English rugby league club Salford Red Devils. [13]

Sheens as coach of the Australian national side in 2009 Tim Sheens.jpg
Sheens as coach of the Australian national side in 2009

Hull Kingston Rovers

In September 2016 [3] it was announced that he would join Hull Kingston Rovers for season 2017 and beyond. In Sheens first year at the club, he coached the Hull Kingston Rovers in their promotion back to Super League campaign of 2017. After 2 years at Hull KR, Sheens was sacked due to poor league position, form and loss of 'the dressing room' (implying player support) on 5 June 2019.

Widnes Vikings

On 13 Oct 2020 it was announced that Sheens had resigned as club head coach due to a falling out with management over staffing [14]

Return to Wests Tigers

It was announced that Sheens would return to the Wests Tigers in 2021 working in pathways, development, and talent identification. Sheens was later announced as the club's coach for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, with a succession plan in place colloquially known as the "Marshall Plan" (after the US foreign aid program of the 1940s) to allow 2005 premiership hero Benji Marshall to take over as head coach in 2025.

Representative coaching

At the representative level, Sheens coached the 1991 ARL City Origin team to a 22–12 win over Country. In the same year, as coach of the NSW State of Origin team, he led the side to a 2–1 series loss to Queensland. In 1997 Sheens coached the NSW super league side [15] to a 23 to 22 win over Queensland in a Tri series competition involving NSW Queensland and New Zealand.

Sheens returned to the NRL representative arena in 2006 when he succeeded Graham Murray as coach for City Origin, a post he retained in 2007 and 2008. [16] In 2006, City lost to Country, 12 points to 10 but won in 2007, 12 points to 6. The 2008 match was a 22–22 draw, with City retaining the trophy. [17]

In February 2009, Sheens was appointed coach of the Australian national rugby league team following the resignation of Ricky Stuart. [18] Sheens coached the Kangaroos to their first win in his charge, defeating the Kiwis on 8 May 2009. [19]

He coached the Kangaroos in their successful 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. The Aussies conceded just four tries in the entire tournament (all to England in their opening match). He gave Australia revenge against New Zealand in the final after losing to them in the 2008 Final.

Sheens resigned as the Kangaroos head coach on 3 October 2015, to take up a full-time position as director of Super League club Salford Red Devils. [20]

Combined Nations

On 25 June 2021 he coached the Combined Nations All Stars in their 26-24 victory over England, staged at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, as part of England’s 2021 Rugby League World Cup preparation. [21] [22]

Coaching record

Tim Sheens – Coaching Results by Season [23] [24]
TeamYearGamesWinsLossesDrawsWin %Finals Series
Penrith 1984 241211150%
1985 261411153.85%Semi-final:
Parramatta 38–Penrith 6
1986 241112145.83%
1987 24617125%
Canberra 1988 24159062.5%Minor Semi Final:
Balmain 14–Canberra 6
1989 26188069.23%Grand Final:
Canberra 19–Balmain 14
1990 25186172%Grand Final:
Canberra 18–Penrith 14
1991 26179065.38%Grand Final:
Penrith 19–Canberra 12
1992 221012045.45%
1993 24167166.67%Minor Semi Final:
Brisbane 30–Canberra 12
1994 26206076.92%Grand Final:
Canberra 36–Canterbury 12
1995 24213087.5%Preliminary Final 1:
Canterbury 25–Canberra 6
1996 22138159.09%Quarter Final 3:
St George 16–Canberra 14
North Queensland 1997 18511227.78%
1998 24915037.5%
1999 24419116.67%
2000 26719026.92%
2001 1128118.18%
Wests Tigers 2003 24717029.17%
2004 241014041.67%
2005 281810064.29%Grand Final:
Wests Tigers 30–North Queensland 16
2006 241014041.67%
2007 241113045.83%
2008 241113045.83%
2009 241212050%
2010 271611059.26%Preliminary Final:
St George Illawarra 13–Wests Tigers 12
2011 261610061.54%Semi Final:
New Zealand Warriors 22–Wests Tigers 20
2012 241113045.83%
Career6693403181150.82%at 1 September 2012

Representative record

Four Nations record
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
England/France 2009 Champions1/44301
Australia/New Zealand 2010 Second Place2/44310
England/Wales 2011 Champions1/44400
Australia/New Zealand 2014 Second Place2/44220
Total2 Titles4/4161231
World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
England/Wales 2013 Champions1/146600
Total1 Title1/16600
Anzac Test
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
2009 Anzac Test Winners1/21100
2010 Anzac Test Winners1/21100
2011 Anzac Test Winners1/21100
2012 Anzac Test Winners1/21100
2013 Anzac Test Winners1/21100
2014 Anzac Test Winners1/21100
2015 Anzac Test Runners up2/21010
Total6 Titles6/77610
Other Test matches
YearRoundPositionGPWLD
2011 Winners1/21100
2012 [25] Winners1/21100
Total2 Wins2/22200

Overall (Representative) Record

CoachedWonLostDrawn % Won
Total31264183.87%

As of 4 May 2015

Footnotes

  1. Rugby League Project
  2. Rugby League Project
  3. 1 2 "Hull Kingston Rovers appoint Tim Sheens as head coach | Hull KR". Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  4. "New boss Sheens impressed by Rovers fans | Hull KR". Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Tim Sheens". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  6. Bertola, Vera (3 March 2009). "St Gregory's College Campbelltown old boy, Tim Sheens new Australian rugby league coach". Macarthur Chronicle Camden. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
  7. 1 2 Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 498. ISBN   978-1-877082-93-1.
  8. David Middleton, ed. (2011). "2011 Official Rugby League Annual". Alexandria NSW, 2015: NewsLifeMedia for the National Rugby League: 166.{{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. "Penrith Panthers "Team of Legends"". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007.
  10. "Cowboys remain in limbo – AAP Sports News (Australia) 21 May 2001".
  11. "Sheens and staff quit Cowboys" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 25 May 2001. Retrieved 18 April 2008.[ dead link ]
  12. "Tiger cubs soon ready to roar". Fox Sports News (Australia). 19 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007.
  13. "Australia coach Tim Sheens to become director of rugby league at Salford". The Guardian. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  14. "Widnes seek new head coach". www.totalrl.com. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  15. Mascord, Steve (14 May 1997). "Try, try and try again, but Kiwis denied by ref". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax. p. 50. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  16. "Sheens City coach for 2008". New South Wales Rugby League. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2007.[ permanent dead link ]
  17. "City-Country clash ends in draw". Fox Sports News Australia. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  18. "Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has been given the Kangaroos coaching job". Fox Sports News (Australia). 24 February 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  19. Steve Jancetic (9 May 2009). "Aussies hand ominous warning as Sheens era gets off to great start". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 10 May 2009.[ dead link ]
  20. "Sheens resigns as Kangaroos coach". NRL.com. 3 October 2015. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  21. "Tim Sheens to coach Combined Nations All Stars". Love Rugby League. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  22. "England 24-26 Combined All Stars - Shaun Wane loses first game". BBC Sport. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  23. "Rugby League Tables". Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  24. "Wests Tigers 2007 Results". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  25. "Motorsport Video |Motorsport Highlights, Replays, News, Clips".

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