Robbie Abel, Assistant Coach (Forwards)

An Australian Native, Abel has extensive professional rugby experience in New Zealand and Australia. He began his career as a standout for the Brumbies Academy in Australia before embarking on a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon returning from his Mission to Western Australia, Abel resumed his rugby career with the Brumbies Runners in Northland Rugby Union.

Abel would go on to join the Maori All Blacks, a team that represents New Zealand and is composed only of players with Maori genealogy, in a USA and South America tour. Abel would also spend time with the Western Force, Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. Abel joins the Warriors following his time as a player-coach for Auckland Rugby, competing in the National Provincial Championship, where he has spent the past four years.

“I’ve been a part of some great organizations over my time in professional rugby and have learned a lot in the process,” said Abel. “I’ll look to pass those lessons on in any way I can as the forwards coach for Utah.”