OUR COACHES

HIGHLY TRAINED, EXPERIENCED & PASSIONATE

CLUB PRESIDENT

Andrew “Robbo” Robertson

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… since Tim used to operate the desk at the Mini pitches, the Grass field was a carpark and CFD was a next-gen concept….so a while now!
Experience & Qualifications… Level 1 coaching and referee along with a number of specialist courses on Speed & Conditioning. Currently playing and coaching with Wanderers 3rds and Vets.
Best thing about coaching… giving back to the game that I loved as a kid and during my 20s. Over the years at Centaurs it has been a real privilege to be part of the development of so many kids as they came through the minis and also watching their progression as they made the leap to contact. I have also enjoyed watching so many Dads and some Mums get involved in coaching, being part of their development and seeing the absolute enjoyment as they see the impact they have on kids and rugby in Singapore. Oh, and I also enjoy a good yell first thing Saturday morning!
What I love about rugby…My Saturdays and mid-week are taken up with coaching, training and shambling round a footy field trying to relive past glories…..not to forget the watching and commentating from the couch! Rugby for me has always been about mates…new, old, mates of mates…story telling, being grounded but most of all providing a solid basis for living – the result is not always going to go your way but if you’ve had a crack and are able to have a laugh after, it doesn’t get much better!

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

Nick Dance

Nick Dance

DIRECTOR

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2009.
Experience & Qualifications… I’ve been playing rugby since age 5 in UK, attained Representative Honours 8 Caps for Singapore from 2008 to 2010. I am a World Rugby Level 2 Coach and World Rugby Level 2 Referee. I qualified in First Aid in 2017.
What I love about coaching… Having played rugby for 42 years now, it is great to be able to give something back to players of all ages – whether it be through coaching or refereeing. It is great to see the players grow as they get older and I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the development of players who now represent their country and play top level professional rugby in UK and other countries.
What I love about rugby…  Rugby is loved by so many people, worldwide, and I feel fortunate to be a small part of every player’s dream, and passion. The ethos of Centaurs is “RUGBY FOR ALL” – which I wholeheartedly agree with and thrive towards. There is nothing better than being at Turf City in Singapore on a Saturday morning and overseeing the next generation learn this fantastic sport!

HEAD COACHES

Each age group is led by a Head Coach, who is often a parent of one of the children in the age group. Their role is to lead the coaching team,
manage age-group specific communications between the club, parents and players, structure training sessions, and promote
the Centaurs Way and Code of Conduct.

Greg Manning

Greg Manning

U17s & U16s

Experience & qualifications… I play for Bucks Rugby Club (Premiership), previously playing in Leeds & Maidenhead. I hold an RFU Level 1 Coaching qualification.
What I love most about rugby is… it teaches you to work in a disciplined manner and encourages teamwork which can be taken into all areas of life. It’s a great vehicle through which youngsters can develop skills to not only make them better players, but also better people.
What I tell my players… Work on your basics now and learn the fundamentals. It’s crucial to build your skillsets early so you have a strong base for when you make the step up to the men’s game.

Alistair Wood

Alistair Wood

U17s & U16s

I’ve been with Centaurs since… 2008 as a parent, 2010 as a coach.
Experience & Qualifications… I played for Strathclyde University in Scotland, Guildford & Godalming in England, and Bucks Rugby in Singapore. I’ve now graduated to Touch. I hold World Rugby Level 1 Coach & World Rugby Level 1 Referee.
Being a coach is great because… you see the boys develop their skills and tactical awareness, and rewarding to know you played a part in it.
My approach to coaching is… get the basic skills right, and focus on the players working as a team. We try to develop the squad, not just individuals. We try to maintain the right balance between competitiveness and inclusiveness.

Craig Bennett
Craig played schoolboy rugby while at secondary school in his native New Zealand.
He took a break from the game while at university but started playing again in a social league while living in the UK. Travel and work commitments brought an end to his playing career however with the arrival of his son Craig decided to take up coaching.
Craig joined Centaurs as a coach back in 2008 and over the last 8 years he has been involved in coaching U8’s all the way through to U16’s. Craig has achieved his level 1 IRB and is currently Head Coach of the U14’s.
Colin Ip

Colin Ip

U12s

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2011.
Experience & Qualifications… I started playing rugby at prep school in Scotland since age 8, captained my university team and played Scottish national league for Strathmore RFC. Rep’d for Valley RFC in HK and the Pot Belly Pigs until 2005. I’ve now had two seasons with Bedok Kings. I hold Level 1 & Level 2 World Rugby Coaching.
Best thing about coaching… Rugby is fantastic dad/son time! Also, it’s great to give back to kids the enjoyment of rugby.
My coaching style… Scottish, in the veins of Jim Telfer!

Bryan Coole

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2009.
Experience & Qualifications… I’ve been playing rugby since 2000 for Bucks, Wanderers & Singapore Reds (in Lock position). Now playing for Bucks Vets! I hold World Rugby Coaching Level 1 & Level 2.
I coach because… it gives me the chance to give back to the sport that has given so much to me. I relish the opportunity to share my passion for rugby and to help foster that in the next generation of players. I want children to love playing rugby, to always have fun doing so, and to learn how to play it as best as they can.
Our age group mantra: “Why do we play? We do it for the love of it!”

Andrew Habgood

Andrew Habgood

GIRLS RUGBY

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2013.
Experience & Qualifications… I’ve long since hung the boots up, aside from occasional Warhorses touch, but have been coaching junior rugby at Centaurs and representative schoolboy (ACSIS) rugby for the last 5 years. I’m also on the Junior Rugby Clubs Singapore Committee. Currently a Level 1 certified coach with additional SAQ and FAIR (Medical) qualifications.
I coach because… I love the game, and I’m passionate about getting the best out of players through the rugby ethos. Moving from coaching boys rugby to running the girls contact program has been a great opportunity to introduce girls to the game and see them enjoying and developing in rugby.
Our age group mantra is…“Anything boys can do, girls can do better!”

Leon Emes

Leon Emes

U9s

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… as a parent 2011 and 2013 as a coach.
Experience & Qualifications… my playing is confined to touch footy these days. I’m a qualified Level 1 Coach and Level 1 Referee.
Best thing about coaching…  coaching is something that brings pleasure in many different ways. It’s a pleasure to see the kids progress, smile and have fun through rugby. It’s a pleasure to know that the core rugby skills of integrity, teamwork and discipline that we teach today will follow the kids through life, both on and off the pitch. It’s a pleasure to be able to work alongside such a supportive group of parent and pro coaches who help make us such a successful team. At Centaurs I’m lucky to be surrounded by great people, all willing to share their experiences and help you bring the best out of the kids.
What I love about rugby… it’s such an inclusive sport. No matter what your shape, size, ability or fitness there will always be a place for you on the pitch and in the team. And best of all you’ll make friends for life…. quite frankly it’s the best sport in the world.

Tim Gazzard

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2014.
Experience & Qualifications… Playing rugby since age 6, played through school, university and working years in London and Peru. I’m also a Level 1 Referee.
What we love most about coaching… Saturday’s a Rugby Day!!! For the U8s it’s all about making sure the kids have fun, getting parents involved and building the rugby family/community. We try to teach the kids the basic building blocks of rugby – catching, passing, running forwards. As well as the basic skills, we also try to teach them the core values of rugby – integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline – some big words in there for 7 year olds!

Chris “Harry” Harris

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2013.
Experience & Qualifications… Played from 1982 to 2014 for Warringah Roos, Manly Juniors, The Southport School, St John’s College, Uni of Qld., Forest and KL Saracens (Malaysia). I mostly played prop… mostly because I lack a neck. Started coaching Under 13E’s while in Year 12 at The Southport School; Lancing College 1st XV Forwards Coach (UK), Assistant Coach, St John’s College Women’s XV (Uni of Qld.). I’ve got my Rugby Ready, over 6,000 hours of teaching/training/coaching, I’m a qualified university lecturer and (most importantly) herder of cats.
I coach because… Props make the best coaches. We spend a lifetime watching others play the game, a view only broken up by the poetry that is the scrum and the necessary evil of lifting tall players who can’t jump for themselves only so that they can knock it on and we scrum again. Their punishment: sticking their heads between our bottoms. Ah, the circle of life.
I assume no one peaks age 6, 7, or 8… our aim is to keep EVERYONE interested in the game regardless of skill, keep them involved and developing skills. It’s no good having 45 Under 6’s at Centaurs one year, only to have 14 Under 9’s 3 years later, so I don’t stream if possible. The learning around the learning and the rugby culture are far more important to me. Pull your socks up, support your mates, have fun, and play fair. Oh and support the Wallabies.

Charli Bromley

As U5s head coach, I run the Centaurs equivalent of rugby tots or little rugby. Our programme for these 3 and 4 year olds is about developing motor skills with a rugby focus. For me, it’s also about fostering a love of sport that lasts a lifetime. I’m a big believer in grazed knees, climbing trees and kids being kids!

I work full time with Centaurs in Community Engagement. This extends to the Centaurs Kids Pit Parties and Camps. I’ve been in the Centaurs fray since 2004 as a Kids Leader and Touch player.

PRO-COACHES

Pro-Coaches are current International and Premiership players based in Singapore, who teach in accordance with the latest updates to game laws and training techniques.

Anna Chen

Anna Chen

PRO

Experience & qualifications… Been playing since 2009 and can’t get enough of it. Be it coaching, touring or refereeing, I’m always looking for ways to give back to the sport and enjoy it! World Rugby Level 1 coaching and refereeing.
I coach because… Having been in the 15s program for Womens, it’s exciting to be playing a part in shaping the next generation of talent. There weren’t many opportunities for girls to be playing rugby in Singapore when I was growing up, and I always wished I had picked it up sooner especially when I see the girls that are up early every Saturday, running and tackling hard. It’s great that Centaurs is providing that opportunity for the younger girls and I love helping out with it!
What I love about rugby… There is nothing quite like the feeling of putting your body on the line for the person next to you, and knowing that every one of your teammates would do the same for you. I also love how rugby is probably the only sport where, after the final whistle, both teams can celebrate and share a cold one!

Gaspar Tan

Experience & qualifications… I’m the Singapore Men 15s Captain and Hooker, and play for Bedok Kings RFC (Premiership). I am a World Rugby Educator and hold qualifications in World Rugby Coaching Level 2, World Rugby 7s Level 1, World Rugby Strength & Conditioning Level 2 & World Rugby First Aid in Rugby.
What I love most about rugby is… meeting great friends and people, values like discipline, respect, travel opportunities to Samoa and Kenya.
My coaching programmes… have to be fun, challenging and emphasise doing the basics well.

Adam Field

Experience & qualifications… Wales 7s, GB Students 7s, London Welsh RFC, Rosslyn Park RFC (UK), currently playing with Bucks RFC (Prems). Player coaching experience with Sevenoaks RFC (UK).
What I love most about rugby is… how many doors it opens and the people you meet. Rugby gives you the chance to travel the world with your best mates and, if you win, nothing can beat it!
I tell my players… to have confidence in themselves, go onto the pitch thinking they can out do your opposite man. Play with a smile and if in doubt, just run with it.

Sam Lau

Sam Lau

PRO

Experience & qualifications… I play for Bedok Kings Rugby Club (Premiership) and I’ve been playing with the Singapore Men’s Rugby since 2013. Before that i was with Singapore U23s in 2013, and U20s in 2009 age group set up. I currently a hold World Rugby Level 1 Coaching qualification.
What I love most about rugby is… the sense of belonging to a well-knit community. Always having a good time on the pitch and enjoying each other’s company after the game. And having the chance to travel to play against different teams from all over the world.
What I tell my players… rugby can be played well by simply perfecting basic skills like passing and catching. It’s a game played well by gelling together simple basic skills.

Jonathan Carswell

Experience & qualifications…  I play for Bucks Rugby Club (Premiership), previously playing in Leeds, Newcastle and London. I hold RFU Level 1 Coaching qualification.
What I love most about rugby is… the comradeship. Joining a new club means gaining an instant group of friends. Moving to Singapore opened my eyes to playing rugby around the world and attending as many tournaments in as many countries as possible is now the goal.
What I tell my players… rugby is the complete team sport and that people who are any shape and size, from any walk of life, can play. The principles and values at its core are something you can base your lifestyle around, not just the game.

Shawn Ng

Shawn Ng

PRO

Experience & qualifications… I play for Bedok Kings Rugby Club (Premiership) and played in Singapore U23s in 2014 & 2015, and U20s in 2010. I hold World Rugby Level 1 Coaching qualification, was coaching with UWC dover U10s,& U13, as well as LFS for the U17 boys in 2015.
What I love most about rugby is… meeting amazing people from different walks of life, and forming a bond also instantly – an “I’ve got your back, you’ve got mine” relationship on the field.
My coaching programmes… must be fun and engaging, challenging the players to stay focused and getting the skill right.

Charlie Lambert

Experience & qualifications… I’ve played for Durham University (UK), Bucks RFC and Singapore Mens 15s. I hold the World Rugby Coaching Level 1.
My favourite rugby moment is… England’s Whitewash of Australia in 2016. Generally though, rugby is all about meeting great people from all over the world – truly a global sport!
My coaching programmes… give kids the confidence to succeed!

Jay-Hykel Jailani

Experience & qualifications… I play for Singapore Cricket Club (Premiership) and played in Singapore Men’s Rugby 15s from 2015 to 2017 and also for the Singapore Men’s Rugby 7’s from 2015 to 2017. I was in the Singapore U23s in 2014-2016, and U20s 7’s in 2014. I hold World Rugby Level 1 Coaching qualification.
What I love most about rugby is… the many life values that stick with you throughout your time playing both on and off the field. Rugby builds character and shapes you in many different ways.
I tell my players… that size doesn’t matter, teamwork makes the dream work, hard work always beat talent and mindset is everything. Rugby is a great teacher in life.

Fergal Tuohy

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2014.
Experience & qualifications… I play for Bucks RFC Prems and previously Highfield RFC (Ireland), Broughton Park (UK) and. Munster U18s Schools. I hold World Rugby Coaching Level 1 and ICIR Medical Level 2.
I became a coach… to give back to the game which gave me so much. To be involved in an area of the game where this is such a love for the sport and desire to improve. To impart some of the things I have learned from all the various coaches I have had, from playing the game and am continuing to learn.
My coaching style is… to help the players improve as individuals, as units and as a team. To have confident players who can think their way around a field and use the options given to them in training.

Sean Goh

Sean Goh

PRO

Experience & qualifications… I played for Bedok Kings RFC for several years and 2 seasons ago transitioned into an assistant coach role. I hold a World Rugby Level 1 Coaching qualification and am currently completing my Level 2.
What I love most about rugby is… The values the games stands for and the character it develops in those who play.
What I tell my players… No matter what level you compete at, have fun playing the game.