Born in England. Tony played his Rugby at St. Mary’s School, Puddletown; Puddletown RFC; Exeter RFC; and County rugby at all levels with his home county Dorset and Wiltshire -including English schoolboy and Colts (U19s)trials .Previously Tony lived and coached in Seattle, USA for ten years. While in the USA, Tony founded the USA U19s program in 1992 whom he coached on 7 tours to New Zealand and Australia. While in the USA he coached the Redmond High school team and his club Seattle RFC for 10 years (player/coach for six years) – finishing 2nd and 3rd in the USA HS National championships in 1993 and 94.
Tony came to Trinity in 1998-99 following three years as Senior Coach at Blackrock College RFC (1995-98), coaching the 1st XV in the AIL Division One. He coached the club’s U20s during the same period winning two back to back All Ireland Championships.
Tony coached the USA U19s to their first ever FIRA U19s championships back in 1998 in Toulouse. That same year he stepped in at the last minute and coached the Ireland Women’s squad in the Women’s World Cup in Amsterdam.
In July 2007, Tony helped coach an undefeated tour to South Africa with Leinster Schools.
In 2010 Tony coached Leinster U19s to an undefeated inter-provincial championship. He has also coached Irish Universities on several occasions over the past 22 years.
2006-07, while still coaching in Trinity, Tony was the USA Senior Eagles Backs Coach.
He had a second spell with the US Eagles in 2012-14 as Attack Coach. Overall he coached in 13 ‘Tests’. These games Included a narrow loss to Ireland in Houston Texas 15-12.
Tony has coached at Willow Park School and Blackrock College School for over 25 years.
He is an IRFU Level 3, stage 5 IRB qualified coach, the highest coaching qualification an Irish coach can achieve.
During the past 22 years Tony has coached over 400 Trinity 1st XV games (including 350 AIL games) winning four AIL championships at different levels:
Division 4 in 2000-01; Division 3 in 2002-03; Division 2 in 2004-02; Division 2A in 2011-12;
Trinity 1st XV have also achieved runner up in two other seasons:
Division 3 – runner up in 2001-02 to Barnhall – not promoted; Division 1B – Runner up in 2015-16 to St Marys College – promoted.
Trinity’s highest placing in the AIL was in 2017-18 where they took 4th in 1A and qualified for the semi-final of the All Ireland Championship, losing away to Cork Con .
He coached roughly the same number of games in that period with Trinity U20s squad (on Sundays) where Trinity has qualified for seven U20s All Ireland Finals (Frazer McMullen Trophy) in 22 years winning four Championships in 2004, 2006, 2017 and 2018 including the last two completed Championships.
Tony and his wife Catherine have a daughter Éabha.