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Our coaching staff have a variety of experience with clubs in and around the Hunter. They are passionate about the success of the team, the university and the students academic careers, in addition to their rugby life.

ARU Level IV Accredited
+61 407 295 250 

Munza has been involved with rugby as a player, coach, administrator and parent for over 45 years. He has over 25 years coaching experience and holds ARU Level IV Accreditation. Previous coaching experience includes NSW Under 17’s, Perth Premier 1 Rugby, Western Force Academy, NHRU Rep team, Newcastle Premier 1 rugby and Harvard University.


ARU Level II Accreditation
0422 106 109 

Sam has been involved with Uni since 2003 after arriving as a young 18 year old from Muswellbrook. Sam has played over 200 games for Uni, mostly in first grade, and is now turning his efforts to coaching. Sam coached 2nd grade to the semi finals in 2017 and has been involved with school rugby for over 10 years.


Bob Harrison
Director of Rugby
ARU level II Accreditation
+61 409 300 387

Bob is a highly experienced campaigner that has been involved for a number of years in a variety of clubs and codes. Previous experience with the Newcastle Knights, the Hunter Mariners and Newcastle United in the National Soccer League and a variety of local Rugby League and Rugby Clubs has seen Bob develop a depth of experience and skills in a number of areas. Most recently he filled the role of Director of Rugby at Wanderers Rugby club and as Director of Rugby at University of Newcastle he will have the responsibility of coordinating the many on-field aspects of the Rugby Club.


JuliAn Giles
Back’s Coach
ARU Level II Accredited
0413 171 154

Julian grew up in the rugby strong Taranaki and Waikato region and played rugby from an early age into grade, until suffering a shoulder injury.  He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Psychology from University of Waikato.  After a 2 year refereeing stint he has been coaching senior rugby in Newcastle for the last 2 years. I like to relate training back to game style situations, and empower players to develop their skills and exceed their potential both on and off the field. To me, a proactive defence provides a strong foundation, creating the opportunity to play expansive attacking rugby.


Drew (BOGGA) Bogdanovs
Strength and Conditioning 
0403 257 770

“Bogga” is a highly motivated and focused Fitness and Leadership coach, specialising in High Performance, Endurance and Leadership. As the youngest ever Australian to complete the Marathon De Sables in 2013 – Bogga has a ‘never quit’ attitude toward training and results, backed by a Certificate III & IV in Fitness as well as a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, Certificate in High Performance Decision Making, Goal Setting and Motivation. He is also currently completing Level II Coaching Accreditation with the ARU as well as Level 1 Strength and Conditioning. Having worked with teams in both Australia and the U.K in both 7’s and 15 aside versions of the game he adds a wealth of rugby specific knowledge to the UoN Ruby program.