The team behind the team! Rob Penney’s 2020 staff

Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 9:52 AM
Waratahs Media
by Waratahs Media
Rob Penney's 2020 Management Team
Rob Penney's 2020 Management Team

Rob Penney and his team are ready to hit the ground running in the second block of pre-season training, as the 2020 season approaches.


Despite only arriving in Sydney in late-November, Penney was working from afar to establish his coaching staff and wider management team which is now assembled and ready to tackle the rigours of Super Rugby.


The recent announcement of Steve Tandy’s departure means Penney now has an Assistant Coach position to fill, but his team is otherwise finalised for the year ahead.


The NSW Waratahs coaching staff still boasts plenty of experience, with the recently appointed Matt Cockbain (Assistant Coach – Forwards) and Mark Bell (Scrum Coach) joining Christ Whitaker (Assistant Coach – Backs).

Chris Whitaker

They’ll be ably supported by new Head of Athletic Performance Anthony Cutrupi and Corey Bocking (Senior Strength and Conditioning), Michael Stephen (S&C) and Ben McIntosh (Sports Science) to round out the team that will ensure the NSW Waratahs are in top shape heading into 2020.


Penney also welcomes a new Team Manager to Daceyville, with former Cronulla Sharks Football Operations Manager, Shane Smith joining the Super Rugby ranks.


A former Special Operations Sergeant in the Australian Defence Force, Smith will work with squad in a number of key areas around mental toughness and resilience.


In 2019 the NSW Waratahs said goodbye to much-loved Chief Medical Officer, Sharron Flahive after 20 years with the organisation. Over the last few years Sharron has introduced Etienne Du Preez to the role, which he will now take up permanently.

NSW Rugby High Performance Unit

Shannon Fraser, Matt Evrard and Andrew Cleverley will work with the state’s next generation, looking after the NSW Waratah’s Academy and Gen Blue teams.


Overseeing the department will be GM of Rugby, Tim Rapp who has assisted Penney with key appointments within his team, while also looking after list management in conjunction with the coaching staff


Head Coach: Rob Penney

Assistant Coaches: Matt Cockbain, Chris Whitaker

Scrum Coach: Mark Bell

GM of Rugby: Tim Rapp      

Team Manager: Shane Smith

Performance Analyst: Craig Whelan

Head of Athletic Performance: Anthony Cutrupi

Senior Strength and Conditioning: Corey Bocking

Strength and Conditioning: Michael Stephen

Sports Science: Ben McIntosh

Nutritionist: Jessica Spendlove

Chief Medical Officer: Etienne Du Preez

Head of Physiotherapy: Shane Kertaengara

Assistant Physiotherapist: Daniella Thrassis

Waratahs Team Services Manager: Terry Woodward

Head of Talent Management (Academy): Andrew Cleverly

Elite Youth Development Head Coach: Shannon Fraser

RUPA Player Development Manager: Michael Magee