Richard Watt rugby player
Richard Watt rugby player

Richard Watt

1st Jan 1970 0.00m/kg Coach

Known to most simply as ‘Watty’, he has carved out a reputation as a skilled and respected technically minded coach.

As a player, Watt represented the Wellington Lions 18 times as a rugged lock before eventually moving into coaching, first with his club side Poneke Football Club, then in the Wellington representative programme.

He became the Wellington Lions assistant coach in 2010 and remained with the side until 2016. After holding dual roles with the Lions and Hurricanes until 2016, Watt shifted his full focus into an assistant coaches role with the Hurricanes in 2017.

He has also worked as a technical advisor with the Samoan national team.

Watt played a key role in helping the Hurricanes win the 2016 Super Rugby Title and helped the Hurricanes remain one of New Zealand's top sides despite having a somewhat weaker pack.

At the end of the 2019 season, Watt left the Hurricanes and to join Tonga's coaching staff for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

July 19


10 Sig Regt
2019 - present
504247-243324-14 Wellington
2011 - 2016
hurricanes Hurricanes
2011 - 2019