Tony Iro

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Tony Iro
Personal information
Full nameTony Roy Iro
Born (1967-05-30) 30 May 1967 (age 53)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Position Second-row, Wing
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
Mt Albert
1987–89 Wigan 50230092
1990–93 Manly-Warringah 72130052
1994–96 Eastern Suburbs 60110044
1997 Hunter Mariners 2030012
1998 Adelaide Rams 201004
1999 South Sydney 221004
Total2445200208
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
Auckland
1988–98 New Zealand 2540016
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
2012 New Zealand Warriors 20020
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
2017- Cook Islands 320167
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Tony Roy Iro [5] (born 30 May 1967) is the head coach of the Cook Islands national rugby league team, and a former rugby league footballer. He is a former New Zealand international player - a veteran of 25 Tests, playing either on the wing or in the second row. [1] [4]

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Background

Tony Iro is also the older brother of former professional rugby league international footballer Kevin Iro.

Playing career

Iro first played as a professional in England played with the Wigan Warriors from 1987 to 1989. During the 1988–89 season Iro played on the wing in Wigan's 22–17 victory over Salford in the 1988 Lancashire Cup Final at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 23 October 1988. [6]

He made his début for the Kiwis in the 1988 World Cup Final against Australia. Playing on the wing, he scored a try on debut, but the Kiwis were defeated 25–12 in front of 47,363 at Auckland's Eden Park.

During the 1988–89 season Iro played on the wing in the 12–6 victory over Widnes Vikings in the 1988–89 John Player Special Trophy Final at Burnden Park, Bolton on Saturday 7 January 1989. [7]

Iro moved to Australia in 1990 and played for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He played at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup for the Kiwis, helping them to the semi-finals where they again went down to Australia in extra time.

He signed with new Super League club Hunter Mariners and after a season with his brother Kevin, ventured to play for the Adelaide Rams after moving to the forwards. Iro, who at the time played for the short-lived Adelaide Rams (1997–98), earlier in 1998 became the only Rams player selected for international duty when he played in the ANZAC Test against Australia at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. Iro's last international series was against Great Britain in England in late 1998 where he played from the bench in the first two tests of the series, both won by NZ. Following the demise of the Rams, 1999 found Iro at the South Sydney Rabbitohs before his return to England.

Coaching career

In 2005 Iro joined the New Zealand Warriors coaching staff and in 2008 was named in inaugural coach of the Toyota Cup (Under-20s) team. [8] He was appointed to the New Zealand coaching staff in February 2009. [9]

For the 2010 season, Iro was promoted to be the Warriors Assistant Coach. [10] In 2010 Iro was appointed a New Zealand national rugby league team selector for two years. [11]

Following Brian McClennan's sacking on 21 August 2012, Iro was appointed the caretaker coach of the Warriors for the last two matches of the season. [12] At the end of 2012 Iro left the club but rejoined for the 2015 season. [13]

Since 2017, he has been the head coach of the Cook Islands national rugby league team. [14]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Chan
2015-2016
Coach
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg
Cook Islands

2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Brian McClennan
2012
Coach
(caretaker)
Auckland colours.svg
New Zealand Warriors

2012
Succeeded by
Matthew Elliott
2013-2014

Achievements

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