The NSW Waratahs have appointed Nick Lumley as their new Head of Athletic Performance for 2022, with Will Stuart also joining the team as Senior Strength and Conditioning coach.
Lumley, most recently the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Edinburgh Rugby, boasts a wealth experience in Rugby with over 14 years in the code, including working on international programs at Scotland with both their 15’s and 7’s teams.
Lumley’s career also includes stints at Gloucester, the University of Bath, the Scottish Institute of Sport, and the Welsh Rugby Union National squad.
NSW Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman said Lumley’s experience in Northern Hemisphere rugby will be a huge boost to the side.
“After an exhaustive interview process in consultation with Rugby Australia we have appointed Nick Lumley to run our High-Performance Program,” Coleman said.
“Nick has had a lot of experience running successful high-performance programs at Scotland and recently Edinburgh who have enjoyed a lot of success in the European Cup.
“He comes highly recommended from people I trust within rugby and complements our staff nicely with the skillset he brings from the Northern Hemisphere and feel he’s the right person to take the physicality of our squad to the next level.
“European Rugby is strength and power based and with Will Stuart joining us from the Australian Seven’s program we feel we have the perfect balance between the power game and the running game.”
Lumley said he was excited to join one of the most iconic teams in Rugby and work alongside Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Waratahs at such an exciting time as part of the plans that are in place to rebuild in 2022,” Lumley said.
“Everyone in Europe knows of the Waratahs as a massive club and I can’t wait to get to work with Darren and the talented performance staff in place.
“I’ve had an amazing experience in Scotland and with Edinburgh and it was always going to be tough to leave but this opportunity was one I knew I had to take.”
Will Stuart, who has taken on the role of Senior Strength and Conditioning coach, arrives in Daceyville after spending seven years with the Australian Men’s and Women’s 7’s program.
NSW Waratahs Performance Team:
Head of Performance: Nick Lumley
Senior Strength and Conditioner: Will Stuart
Head Physiotherapist: Cameron Dyer
Assistant Physiotherapist: Allan Robinson
Sports Science: Ben McIntosh
Academy Physiotherapist: Emily Leys