Head Coach

‘I feel incredibly privileged to be involved with the SaberCats and part of this the leading edge of Rugby in both Houston and the United States at this time. Major League Rugby and the Houston SaberCats are literally making sporting history on a week to week basis, bringing professional Rugby to this great city and around North American. To be part of this and to lead this talent group of Men that proudly wear the Black and Yellow of the SaberCats is a total privilege for me.

As a player I was lucky enough to be part of the game of Rugby when it went professional in Europe and know personally how very special and exciting that time was. Now to be able to be part of this great organization, in this great city, bringing the sport I love to a new audience and working though all the challenges that presents, is indeed a blessing and a role I take incredibly seriously. Go Cats Go’.

Coaching Career

  • Dungannon Director of Rugby / Head Coach 2010-2013 (Ulster Senior Winners 2011-2012, Ulster Senior Cup Winners 2011, All Ireland Bateman Cup Finalists 2011
  • Pakistan Head Coach 2010 Asian 5 Nations
  • Irish Women’s assistant coach 2011-2013
  • USA Collegiate All Americans Assistant Coach 2013 (NZ Test Series Winners)
  • USA Eagles Assistant Coach 2013-2015 (Can Am Winners 2014-2015, Pershing Cup Winners 2014, ARC Runners Up 2013-2014, Qualified for RWC2015)
  • Seattle Saracens Director of Rugby / Head Coach 2013-2017 (USAR Div1 Finalists 2013, BCRU Div1 Finalists 2014, BCRU Div1 Champions 2015, VRU Mainland Cup Winners 2015, Legends Cup Winners 2016, Washington State
  • Challenge Champions 2016)

Playing Career

  • Playing Career
  • London Irish 1994-1998
  • Ulster 1998-2003 (European Cup Winner 1999)
  • Castres Olympique 2003-2005 (French Cup Winner 2003)
  • Ulster 2005-2010 (Celtic League Winner 2006, Most capped forward on retirement, European Rugby Cup Elite Award Winner, All Ireland Div 2 winner 1999, All Ireland Div1 Winner 2001)
  • Ireland (26 Caps, RWC1999)
  • Barbarians