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Ben Herring Ex Highlanders, Sunwolves and Otago Rugby Head Coach


About Ben Herring

After retirement from his professional playing career (Highlanders, Hurricanes and Leicester Tigers) in 2009 Herring was employed as assistant coach at the European giant Leicester Tigers. He worked as a skills coach as well as contact specialist for two seasons, with over 60 games in a coaching capacity, including Heineken cup Semi finals and Premiership victories.

In 2011 Herring was signed for the long standing Japanese top league side, NEC Green Rockets, as forwards and defence coach. He joined former Blues Head coach Greg Cooper. In his first season they finished in third place, their highest finish in the top league in recent history.

In 2013 Herring became an international coach with the Canadian 15s and 7s teams.

Ben is now head coach of Otago Rugby.


Born: 14 March 1980, New Zealand

Coaching Career

2009-11: Leicester Tigers

2011: Nottingham

2011-13: NEC Green Rockets (Japan)

2013-15: Canadian Rugby 15s and 7s team

2016 - Highlanders Assistant Coach

2017 - Sunwolves Assistant Coach

2018- Otago Rugby Head Coach


2001-03: Southland Stags

2002-03: Highlanders

2004-06: Hurricanes and Wellington

2007-08: Leicester Tigers

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Ben Herring's latest articles

David triumphs over Goliath

Ben Herring looks at how Eddie Jones coached Brave Blossoms as they went toe-to-toe with one South Africa.

Creating the space for pace

We take an indepth look at the first of Perry Bakers four tries against NZ to unlock the fantastic team play that lead to it.

What's Eddies Secret

What is the secret to Eddie Jones’ coaching success? The Rugby Site’s Ben Herring investigates in this week’s article.

TRS Session Plans

TRS Rugby Content Manager Ben Herring has developed a series of session plans to make your coaching role that much easier.

Planes de sesión TRS

El Director de contenido de TRS, Ben Herring, ha desarrollado una serie de planes de sesión que hará mucho más sencillo su papel como entrenadores.

Defence Ruck - Practice Plan

In this session Ben goes through the important parts of defending the ruck. From knowing what to look out for and how to execute, Ben recruits some expert knowledge from current players who are doing this ‘out on the field’.

Defence Team - Practice Plan

In this session Ben goes through some of the key components to defending as a team. He goes through some key points around line defence and gets some input from some top coaches we have on the site.