Willie has played nearly 50 games in the Sky Blue jersey and is extremely loyal to it.
He made a compelling presentation in his interview inspiring the panel to make the selection.
Willie’s “really humbled at being successful in my application for the 2015 heartland championship head coach position.
I’ve seen many of my family play in the sky blue jersey (Father, brother, uncles, cousin). and was very proud to wear it myself.
I’m under no illusions as to the task at hand, my apprehension when first appointed has now turned to excitement – especially due to some of the talented players I’ve spoken to.”
The ECRFU would like to extend thanks to 2014 Coach Whetu Haerewa and his management team for the great contributions made to rugby development this year.