Tim Sheens is a former Australia national coach who is now in his second season as head coach of Hull Kingston Rovers.
One of the most decorated and highly regarded coaches in the sport, Sheens boasts a wealth of experience at both club and international level having steered the Kangaroos to success in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and coached four Premiership winning teams in the NRL. Tim has further representative honours including leading New South Wales to a series win over Queensland and success with the City Origin side against Country.
After hanging up his boots as a player at Penrith, Sheens’ glittering coaching career started Down Under in charge of the same club. It’s here where he cut his teeth and took Penrith to their first ever Finals series.
He moved on and led Canberra Raiders to Premiership glory three times between 1988 and 1996 as part of a long and successful spell in charge of the Green Machine and then had a five-year stint at North Queensland Cowboys before moving on to Wests Tigers.
It was here that he won his fourth Premiership title, making him second only to Wayne Bennett on the list of most successful current coaches.
In total, Sheens racked up more than 650 matches as head coach at club level in Australia and also had six years in charge of the country’s national side, coaching the Kangaroos to two Four Nations titles as well as World Cup triumph.
He is also a three-time winner of the Dally M Coach of the Year.
In his first season in charge, Sheens successfully steered Rovers to an immediate return to the Betfred Super League as they won their first five matches in the Super 8’s Qualifiers, including two against top-flight opposition, to secure promotion from the Championship at the first attempt.
Although he oversees all aspects of the coaching and playing departments, Sheens takes on the greatest role in organising his team’s attacking structures.