OUR COACHES

HIGHLY TRAINED, EXPERIENCED & PASSIONATE

CLUB PRESIDENT

Bryan Coole

Bryan Coole

CLUB PRESIDENT

As President, I’m striving to keep Centaurs as the premier rugby club for families in search of a high quality, positive rugby experience for their children. Keeping the focus on every player and their development. Building character through the rugby experience. Since I first pulled on a Centaurs Coach shirt over ten years ago, I’ve been bleeding Yellow and Blue ever since. It’s great being a Centaur, and I love this club!

Bryan is also Head Coach for U12s.

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

Charlie Lambert

Charlie Lambert

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

I hope to be able to push Centaurs forward with more success on and off the field, fostering an environment that all players, parents and coaches enjoy being a part of and look forward to coming down to on a Saturday morning. As Director of Rugby I hope to be able to bring a few new ideas and direction for the Club for us to remain a leading force in youth rugby.

Experience & qualifications… I’ve played for Durham University (UK), Bucks RFC and Singapore Mens 15s & 7s. 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!

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.

Adam Field

Adam Field

U16s & U17s

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!

Stephen Brooks

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2013.
Experience & Qualifications… I’ve played rugby for many years and been fortunate to play this great game in UK, Australia, France, Switzerland and even occasionally still put the boots on for the Wanderers in Singapore. I hold a World Rugby level 1 coaching award.
What I love most about coaching… the most important thing for me is that our boys enjoy playing the game. I have a great group of coaches who work the boys hard but we try to do it with a smile on our face. It’s really rewarding when you see the hard work we have done in training translate itself into a game situation. The tours are pretty good too!

Conal McMahon

GIRLS U14s

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2017
Experience & qualifications… I have been playing since school days in Hong Kong and continued through high school in New Zealand and college in the USA. I keep threatening to join a club in Singapore and am taking baby steps to playing here. I have been coaching since 2015 and am World Rugby Level 1 accredited.
What I love about coaching… I love the frustration of seeing plays and drills executed perfectly at training go to custard in tournaments and then seeing the girls click and have the plays go perfectly, I love when the players come off covered in mud and beaming with joy, and I love seeing the pride in parents’ faces when their daughter has a great game, win or lose.
What I love about rugby… It is a great team sport that allows for individual brilliance. I love the camaraderie, the culture, and the opportunity it brings for players of all backgrounds and experiences to get on a field and play.

Colin Ip

Colin Ip

U13s

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 for 15s and World Rugby Coaching Level 1 for 7s.
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!”

Patrick Kelly

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2013.
Experience & Qualifications… Played both League and Union at St Augustines College up till 18 years of age. I’m from a family of 6 brothers who all played League or Union, one playing Aust Schoolboys, Warringah Rats, and more. I coached junior Rep teams in Manly Warringah District Cricket Club before moving to Centaurs, and I’m a Level 1 Referee (Rugby League).
What I love about coaching… seeing the kids skills grow so quickly, watching friends made at training and bonding with other parents and coaches.
The best thing about rugby is… it doesn’t matter what your size or shape is, there is always a position for everyone to be involved.

Leon Emes

Leon Emes

U10s & GIRLS U17s

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 9, played through school, university and working years in Australia, London and Peru. I’m also a Level 1 Referee and Level 1 Coach.
What we love most about coaching… Saturday’s a Rugby Day!!! For the U9s 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…and now we’re adding tackling and rucking to the mix. As well as the basic skills, we also try to teach them the core values of rugby – integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.

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.

Jonathan Cavenagh

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2017.
Experience & Qualifications… I played rugby as a schoolboy in Queensland, and then touch rugby throughout my working career.
My approach to coaching… at U7 level, we aim to introduce the kids to building a love of rugby starting with the basics. Games and activities are tailored to ensure the kids are engaged, having fun and learning the essential first steps like passing, catching, making touches and running with the ball.

James is Head Coach of our U6s, introducing kids to the basics of rugby and growing their confidence on the field.

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 and 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.

Elly Syazwani

Experience & qualifications… I’ve been playing rugby since 2011, represented in the Singapore National 15s & 7s teams. I also have four years teaching background in a preschool and am a Sport Science & Exercise graduate.
What I love about rugby… is that it’s a complete team sport that values anyone of any shape and size coming from all walks of life – so size doesn’t matter. It also builds character and, most importantly, friendships along the way.
What I tell my players… “How you play is how hard you train.”

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!

Greg Manning

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.

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.

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.

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.