Filipo, 41, has a significant history in the game as a player, having played for the All Blacks, Crusaders, Chiefs and the Wellington Lions. He has also been quietly building a coaching portfolio that includes stints with local club rugby teams, Hamilton Marist and Taupiri Coca Cola in Japan as well as two years previously with the Waikato NPC team.
Filipo, has been working as an RDO (Game Developer) at the Waikato Rugby Union, delivering the game to the community and coaching courses to aspiring coaches.
Director of Rugby, Andrew Strawbridge, says “Ross has displayed a real understanding of how to develop players and how to create clear expectations and accountability. He cares for the player and operates a secure rather than a comfortable environment.”
New Waikato head coach, Ross Filipo, said “It is a very special year for Rugby in the Waikato being our centenary year. I’m excited to take part in the shared responsibility of honoring our past, connecting with our community, continuing the momentum created last year with the team and trying to elevate it further in 2021.”