The Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union have the pleasure of announcing Joshua Syms as the Trust House Wairarapa Bush Heartland Coach for 2015.
Joshua comes with a very strong background in coaching and success at many levels of the game in New Zealand. Based in Wellington, Joshua has strong connections to the Wairarapa through his wife’s family who lives in Mangamaire.
Joshua is currently teaching at Wellington College and was schooled in the Manawatu (Palmerston Boys High).
As for Joshua’s playing experience, Joshua was a former Manawatu and Bay of Plenty rugby and cricket senior and age group representative and represented his region in athletics.
Joshua’s coaching career started in 2007 and he has recorded a number of championships with Hutt Old Boys in Wellington and winning the Auckland Secondary Schools championship with St Kents which featured a number of players who have gone onto professional careers. Joshua was also the NZ Barbarian Secondary Schools Coach and Thailand Sevens coach.
In 2013 Joshua took on the role as the Southland Stags Technical Analyst but returned to Wellington to continue his teaching and professional career.
Joshua provided the Heartland selection panel with clear plans for the union which includes forming a management team, communication and contribution from the local clubs, development pathways for players through to the Heartland team
and national honours.
Joshua is particularly keen to make sure Wairarapa Bush over the next few seasons is not reliant on imports and the ultimate goal is to have a local team of players with the possibility of one or two origin players.
The panel was impressed with his plans to ensure that all the clubs and the rugby community were part of the overall strategy to take Trust House Wairarapa Bush to the next level.
Joshua will commence his role from the 1st January.