Director of Rugby
Wolfpack Director of Rugby Brian Noble MBE simply needs no introduction in rugby league circles. His name is synonymous with the sport worldwide but particularly in the UK where he enjoyed a level of success matched by few. He was recently awarded his MBE for his outstanding contributions to rugby league and charities.
Originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire, Noble enjoyed a stellar playing career in which he played nearly 15 years for his home town club Bradford Northern (now Bradford Bulls) along with spells at Cronulla-Southerland in Australia and Wakefield Trinity. He rose to the very top of the game on the field, captaining Great Britain, but the success of his coaching career really hit new heights.
Noble guided Bradford Bulls to three Grand Final wins, a Challenge Cup victory and three World Club Championships during his tenure as Head Coach. He has had a positive impact on every club he has been involved with; coaching Wigan, Crusaders RL and Salford at club level as well as Great Britain on the international stage.
Noble is in his second year at the Toronto Wolfpack, lending his valuable experience and expertise to both coaching staff and players, as the club aim to achieve promotion to the Super League.
Head Coach Paul Rowley is in his second year with the Wolfpack after the highly decorated Lancastrian enjoyed a terrific debut season with the Canadian Venture. Winning is a habit for Rowley, after spending four seasons at the helm at Leigh Centurions, he boasts an impressive win ratio that saw him crowned Championship Coach of the Year in 2013 before guiding his hometown club to back-to-back Championship titles in 2014 and 2015.
After joining the Wolfpack ahead of the 2017 season, Rowley led the club to automatic promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship, losing only one game all season in League 1, and looks set to conduct the charge towards successive promotions to Super League after putting together a fierce looking roster for 2018.
Rowley’s success extends beyond the coaching circles. The ultimate competitor as a player, he made his debut for Leigh in 1992 and went on to play in Super League for Halifax and Huddersfield before finishing his career at the Centurions. He eventually retired in 2006 becoming an England international along the way.
Having struck up a fruitful partnership with Assistant Coach Simon Finnigan last year, Rowley is confident his side have the quality to mix it with the very best the Championship has to offer.
Simon Finnigan is in his second year with the Wolfpack after playing a crucial part in the dynamic coaching duo that guided the club to promotion in 2017. After assisting Head Coach Paul Rowley at his previous club Leigh Centurions, Finnigan followed suit in making the move to the Canadian venture ahead of 2017 where he worked closely with Rowley and the rest of the off field staff to make the club’s inaugural season a huge success.
A former player of over 10 years across five clubs in the UK, Finnigan is as experienced as they come in the world of rugby league, making him ideally suited to coaching. His no nonsense, hard-working approach to the game makes him invaluable to the club.
Not afraid to speak his mind or voice a difference of opinion, Finnigan has proved to be the perfect counterpart to Rowley and the strength of the two as a coaching partnership has reaped terrific rewards for the League 1 Champions. Having overseen a season where the Wolfpack dropped just 3 competition points all year, Finnigan will be keen to exceed the success of last season in 2018.
Kurt Haggerty is in his second season with the club having joined the Wolfpack ahead of their inaugural year in 2017.
After balancing coaching at amateur side Pilkington Recs and playing in the Championship, Haggerty made the decision to retire from playing for Bradford Bulls at the conclusion of 2016 to take the next step in his coaching career, joining Paul Rowley’s coaching staff in his first professional coaching role to help the club achieve its ambitions.
Haggerty joining the club as a coach is a huge boost for the Wolfpack, having been an extremely accomplished player in his time. Haggerty’s experience in the game is huge; after debuting in the Championship for Leigh Centurions, a club he had two spells at, Haggerty also played for Blackpool Panthers, Barrow Raiders and most recently Bradford as well as playing a Super League season for Widnes Vikings.
Known for his tenacious and hugely competitive approach to the game, the former Ireland international carries those qualities into his coaching. He adds to the perfect balance of knowledge and views of the game to that of Rowley and fellow assistant Simon Finnigan, making him a very beneficial member for the players to learn from.