The Info List - Les Kiss

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Les Kiss (born 9 December 1964) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the New South Wales Rugby League and former rugby league coach. He is currently Head Coach at London Irish having previously been Assistant Head Coach of the Ireland rugby team and Director of Rugby of Ulster Rugby.


1 Playing career

1.1 Representative career

2 Coaching career

2.1 Rugby union

3 References 4 External links

Playing career[edit] Kiss was a Past Brothers
Past Brothers
junior[2] who went on to play 100 first grade games in the NSWRL
Premiership for the North Sydney Bears
North Sydney Bears
between 1986 and 1993. A handy goalkicker, he had an injury-restricted career, and retired in 1993. Les Kiss scored only 29 tries for Norths in his 100 games but despite not being the fastest winger, and with a best haul of 9 tries in a season (1986), he was considered to be one of the best defensive wingers in the Sydney competition. He also kicked 38 goals from 64 attempts (59.38%) for the Bears with his best season again being his debut year (1986) when he kicked 23/38 at 60.53%. Representative career[edit] Les Kiss, originally from Queensland, first gained selection for The Maroons in Game 2 of the 1986 State of Origin series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Playing on the wing, Kiss scored a try on debut in a losing side (NSW won the 1986 series 3-0) and he scored another in Game 3 at Lang Park. Benefiting from an injury to fellow Queenslander Dale Shearer, Kiss was then selected to play for Australia in the second test against New Zealand at the Cricket Ground and retained his spot for the final game in Brisbane. Kiss' good form continued for the Bears and he was an easy selection for the 1986 Kangaroo Tour. Before the actual tour got underway in England, the Australians played a test against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. There Kiss scored his only two test tries in a 62-12 win. He was then selected for the first Ashes test against Great Britain at Old Trafford
Old Trafford
with the Aussie's winning 38-16 before an injury in a tour match against Halifax in the game following the first test put an end to his tour. His place in the test side was taken by speed Manly-Warringah outside back Dale Shearer whose own form earned him a recall to the side (ironically it had been an injury to Shearer while playing for Manly after the first test against NZ earlier in the year which had seen Kiss called into the side). Kiss' injury restricted him to just 4 games on the Kangaroo Tour with his only try coming in the Kangaroos 26-18 win against Wigan at Central Park in the opening game of the tour. The 1986 Kangaroos would emulate the undefeated 1982 Kangaroo tour, with the 1986 squad earning themselves the nickname "The Unbeatables". Les Kiss then had a wait of four years before he tasted representative football again. He was selected for games 1 and 2 of the 1990 Origin series. Queensland
lost both games and Kiss was one of the players dropped for Game 3 (replaced by Willie Carne). In what turned out to be a brief representative career, Les Kiss played in 4 games for Queensland
(all losses) and 4 games for Australia (all wins) scoring a total of 3 Origin and 2 Test tries. In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, Kiss was named on the wing of the Bundaberg Rugby League's team of the century.[3] Coaching career[edit] Kiss worked as an assistant rugby league coach for the London
Broncos Super League
Super League
club and then as joint head coach with former North Sydney team mate Tony Rea. Rugby union[edit] Kiss worked as a defence coach for the Springboks in South Africa in 2001–02,[4] and was an assistant coach with the New South Wales Waratahs from 2002 until 2008.[5] Kiss was appointed defensive coach with the Ireland national rugby union team under head coach Declan Kidney
Declan Kidney
in 2009, sharing in a triumphant Grand Slam victory that had eluded Ireland for 61 years in his first year in the job.[4] After Kidney's departure on 2 April 2013, Kiss became the head coach of the Irish team as an interim appointment for their 2013 summer tour to North America.[6] Kiss resumed his role as defence coach after the tour when Joe Schmidt took over late in 2013.[7] On 30 June 2014, Kiss became the interim director of rugby at Ulster, following the departures of Mark Anscombe and David Humphreys. In January 2018, Kiss announced his resignation as Ulster Director of Rugby.[8] In March 2018, he and Declan Kidney
Declan Kidney
were renuited when they were appointed by London
Irish. Kiss would become head coach with Kidney appointed technical consultant. References[edit]

^ RLP ^ Les Kiss at Past Brothers
Past Brothers
RLFC website ^ "BRL Team of the Century named". sportingpulse.com. Bundaberg Rugby League Ltd. Retrieved 8 January 2012.  ^ a b "Clients - Les Kiss". The Fordham Company. Archived from the original on 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  ^ "Waratahs Management - NSW Rugby". NSW Rugby. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  ^ "Ireland turn their back on Declan Kidney". 2 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.  ^ " Les Kiss confirms he will work under Joe Schmidt". independent.ie. 19 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.  ^ "Upheaval in Ulster as Les Kiss leaves position as Director of Rugby 'effective immediately'". Irish Independent. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 

External links[edit]

Australian Rugby League stats Broncos capture top Aussie Queensland
representatives at qrl.com.au Ireland Rugby Union profile

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1986 Kangaroo Tour squad

Wally Lewis (c) Peter Sterling
Peter Sterling
(vc) Greg Alexander Gary Belcher Martin Bella Noel Cleal Phil Daley Les Davidson Greg Dowling Paul Dunn Ben Elias Steve Folkes Des Hasler Garry Jack Brett Kenny Les Kiss Terry Lamb Paul Langmack Bob Lindner Mal Meninga Gene Miles Chris Mortimer Bryan Niebling Michael O'Connor Steve Roach Dale Shearer Royce Simmons Paul Sironen

Coach: Don Furner

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Ireland squad – 2015 Rugby World Cup


Best Cronin Furlong Healy Heaslip Henderson Henry McCarthy McGrath Murphy O'Brien O'Connell (c) O'Mahony Ross Ruddock Ryan Strauss Toner White


Bowe Cave Earls Fitzgerald Henshaw Jackson D. Kearney R. Kearney Madigan Murray Payne Reddan Sexton Zebo

Head Coach: Schmidt; Assistant coaches Easterby, Kiss

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Bundaberg Rugby League Team of the Century (1907-2008)

1. Mick Bolewski 2. Bill Heidke 3. Don Nixon 4. Noel Hazzard 5. Les Kiss 6. Rex McGlynn 7. Stan Norris

8. Col Weiss 9. Bill Richards 10. Vic Armbruster 11. Bill Pearson (Ca./Co.) 12. Noel Gallagher 13. Noel Cavanagh

14. William 'Bill' Spencer 15. Dougall McGregor 16. Bernie Drew 17. Les 'Monty' Heidke

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Established 1980 in London, England

The Club

History Records Honours International representative players Players Coaches

Home grounds

Craven Cottage Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Chiswick Polytechnic Sports Ground Barnet Copthall The Valley Griffin Park The Stoop The Hive Trailfinders Sports Ground

Hall of Fame

Reg Bowden Peter Gill Tony Gourley Mark Johnson Hussein M'Barki Martin Offiah Rob Purdham Tony Rea Steele Retchless Scott Roskell




1982-83 Rugby Football League Championship Second Division Champions Super League
Super League
II runners-up 1999 Challenge Cup runners-up


1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1989/90 1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018


Reg Bowden Ross Strudwick Tony Currie (1996–1998) Dan Stains (1999) Tony Rea
Tony Rea
/ Les Kiss (1999) John Monie (2000) Tony Rea
Tony Rea
(2000–2006) Brian McDermott (2006-2010) Rob Powell
Rob Powell
(2011-2012) Tony Rea
Tony Rea
(2012-2014) Joey Grima (2014-2015) Andrew Henderson (2015-2017) Danny Ward
Danny Ward


Mark McLinden
Mark McLinden
(2005) Rob Purdham
Rob Purdham
(2006–2011) Craig Gower
Craig Gower
(2012-2013) Tony Clubb
Tony Clubb
(2013) Antonio Kaufusi
Antonio Kaufusi
(2013) Matt Cook (2014) Richard Mathers
Richard Mathers
(2015) Nick Slyney
Nick Slyney
(2015) Wes Naiqama
Wes Naiqama
(2016) Daniel Harrison (2017) Jay Pitts
Jay Pitts


Super League
Super League
Founding Member


Rugby Football League
Rugby Football League

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London Irish
London Irish
– current squad


Arno Botha Lovejoy Chawatama Mike Coman Darren Dawidiuk Sebastian de Chaves Petrus du Plessis Harry Elrington Saia Fainga'a Ben Franks Conor Gilsenan Todd Gleave Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi Ollie Hoskins William Lloyd Lasha Lomidze Josh McNally Max Northcote-Green David Paice Richard Palframan Filo Paulo Dave Porecki Gordon Reid Manasa Saulo Jake Schatz Tom Smallbone Ofisa Treviranus Franco van der Merwe


Tommy Bell Theo Brophy-Clews Joe Cokanasiga Tom Fowlie Ciaran Hearn Alex Lewington James Marshall Brendan McKibbin Luke McLean Ben Meehan Fergus Mulchrone Napolioni Nalaga Topsy Ojo Ben Ransom Scott Steele Asaeli Tikoirotuma Greig Tonks Piet van Zyl Johnny Williams


Declan Kidney
Declan Kidney
(technical consultant) Les