Tim Sheens (born 30 October 1950) is a Rugby League coach who was last in charge of Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. Head Coach of the Australia national team between 2009 and 2015, he has also been the head coach of National Rugby League (NRL) clubs, the Penrith Panthers, the Canberra Raiders, the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers. As a player, Sheens was a prop forward with Sydney's Penrith club in the 1970s and 1980s before he retired and became their coach.
|Born||30 October 1950|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (15 st 8 lb)|
As of 6 June 2019
He then coached the Raiders, taking them to victory in the 1989, 1990 and 1994 premierships. With the Tigers he won the 2005 premiership. Sheens also set a new record for most games in Australian rugby league premiership history and also coached the New South Wales Blues for the 1991 State of Origin series. In June 2015 he accepted a role with English Super League club the Salford Red Devils to become Director of Rugby leading to his eventual resignation as the coach of the Australian National Team in October later that year. In September 2016 it was announced that he would join then Super League club the Hull Kingston Rovers and he formally stepped down from his role at Salford Red Devils as they confronted Hull Kingston Rovers in the £1M Game relegation decider. Salford Red Devils won the game but Sheens confirmed his decision to coach Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017, in the Championship.
Born to a well known rugby league family of the Penrith area, Tim Sheens was educated at St Dominic's College in Penrith but spent his last two years of school at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, where he was the school captain and first-grade rugby league captain in 1968.
Sheens had a lengthy playing stint with Penrith, playing 166 first grade games from 1970 to 1982 and scoring 11 tries. Starting his career as a backrower, he finished as a ball-playing prop. In 1974 he was named as the Panthers' Player of the Year, but had his jaw broken in the inaugural Amco Cup final against Western Division.
By 1982, Sheens had played a club record 258 games in all grades, but was unable to come to terms with the club for another season. With 166 first grade appearances, Sheens was the most capped Penrith Panthers player until Royce Simmons surpassed him in the 1989 season. Sheens was soon coaxed out of retirement though, playing one season with the Campbelltown City Kangaroos in 1983, captaining that club to the Group 6 Rugby League premiership that season.
In October 2006, in recognition of his contribution as a player, Sheens was named as one of the Penrith Panthers "Team of Legends".
Although his first ever game as first-grade coach was a 24–12 loss to St George, Tim Sheens has a track-record of reforming under-performing teams to premiership victory. He brought Penrith to their first finals series ever in 1985 and he coached the Canberra Raiders to their first premiership in 1989. In the post season he travelled with the Raiders to England for the 1989 World Club Challenge which was lost to Widnes.
Sheens won further premierships with Canberra in 1990 and 1994. However, his time with the North Queensland Cowboys (1997–2001) was less successful and, after board discussions, a period of stress-leave and while News Limited launched a take-over of the club, he resigned from North Queensland on 25 May 2001.
In 2002, Sheens accepted the coaching position with the Wests Tigers for the 2003 season, replacing Terry Lamb. The feat of the Wests Tigers winning the 2005 Grand Final against the Cowboys has been largely attributed to Sheens.
In December 2007, Sheens' contract with the Tigers – due to expire at the end of the 2008 season – was extended to 2010.
On 3 May 2010 Sheens became the first coach in Australian rugby league history to reach 600 games. In 2011, Penrith Panthers offered Tim the job as head coach for the club. However, on 29 April 2011, Tim decided to stay coach for the Tigers and extended his coaching contract for until 2014. On 25 September 2012, after days of speculation about Sheen's future due to a poor recent season, the Tigers announced Sheens would not coach the team in the 2013 season, but offered him other roles at the club.
At the representative level, Sheens coached the 1991 ARL City Origin team to a 22–12 win over Country. In the same year, as coach of the NSW State of Origin team, he led the side to a 2–1 series loss to Queensland. In 1997 Sheens coached the NSW super league side to a 23 to 22 win over Queensland in a Tri series competition involving NSW Queensland and New Zealand.
Sheens returned to the NRL representative arena in 2006 when he succeeded Graham Murray as coach for City Origin, a post he retained in 2007 and 2008. In 2006, City lost to Country, 12 points to 10 but won in 2007, 12 points to 6. The 2008 match was a 22–22 draw, with City retaining the trophy.
In February 2009, Sheens was appointed coach of the Australian national rugby league team following the resignation of Ricky Stuart. Sheens coached the Kangaroos to their first win in his charge, defeating the Kiwis on 8 May 2009.
He coached the Kangaroos in their successful 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. The Aussies conceded just four tries in the entire tournament (all to England in their opening match). He gave Australia revenge against New Zealand in the final after losing to them in the 2008 Final.
Sheens resigned as the Kangaroos head coach on 3 October 2015 to take up a full-time position as director of English Super League club Salford Red Devils. In September 2016 it was announced that he would join Hull Kingston Rovers for season 2017 and beyond. In Sheens first year at the club, he coached the robins in their promotion back to super league campaign of 2017. After 2 years at Hull KR, Sheens was sacked due to poor league position and form of Hull KR on 5 June 2019.
|Tim Sheens – Coaching Results by Season|
|Team||Year||Games||Wins||Losses||Draws||Win %||Finals Series|
Parramatta 38–Penrith 6
|Canberra||1988||24||15||9||0||62.5%||Minor Semi Final:|
Balmain 14–Canberra 6
Canberra 19–Balmain 14
Canberra 18–Penrith 14
Penrith 19–Canberra 12
|1993||24||16||7||1||66.67%||Minor Semi Final:|
Brisbane 30–Canberra 12
Canberra 36–Canterbury 12
|1995||24||21||3||0||87.5%||Preliminary Final 1:|
Canterbury 25–Canberra 6
|1996||22||13||8||1||59.09%||Quarter Final 3:|
St George 16–Canberra 14
Wests Tigers 30–North Queensland 16
St George Illawarra 13–Wests Tigers 12
New Zealand Warriors 22–Wests Tigers 20
|Career||669||340||318||11||50.82%||at 1 September 2012|
|Four Nations record|
|Australia/New Zealand 2010||Second Place||2/4||4||3||1||0|
|Australia/New Zealand 2014||Second Place||2/4||4||2||2||0|
|World Cup record|
|2009 Anzac Test||Winners||1/2||1||1||0||0|
|2010 Anzac Test||Winners||1/2||1||1||0||0|
|2011 Anzac Test||Winners||1/2||1||1||0||0|
|2012 Anzac Test||Winners||1/2||1||1||0||0|
|2013 Anzac Test||Winners||1/2||1||1||0||0|
|2014 Anzac Test||Winners||1/2||1||1||0||0|
|2015 Anzac Test||Runners up||2/2||1||0||1||0|
|Other Test matches|
Overall (Representative) RecordEdit
As of 4 May 2015
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