Coaching Staff

TeKapua on the Touch line

TeKapua Rewi is from Masterson, New Zealand and grew up in Sydney, Australia where he played Rugby Union every Saturday and Rugby League every Sunday from the age of 12. By the time he was 17, TeKapua had been selected to the starting XV of West Harbour RFC’s Div 1 U20 side. TeKapua moved to Canada in 2010 where he joined the Highlanders. Currently, he is Assistant Coach for the Ontario U18 Men’s squad, Assistant Coach for the Eastern Ontario U18 Men XVs, and Head Coach for Eastern Ontario U18 Men VIIs. TeKapua is working towards his World Rugby Level 2 coaching credentials this year. He has been Head Coach of the Highlanders since 2016.

Nappy rocking her new Highlander Swag!

LeeAnn Napiorkowski was an all-star university rugby player for Brock, Carleton and Ottawa U in the late 90s, graduating to play on the Quebec and Ontario provincial teams throughout the next decade, captaining the latter in 2009. During this time, she was also a long-list Canadian National Team player and has played international matches against Scotland and the United States. LeeAnn is currently the Head Coach of the Carleton University Men and head coach of the St Peter’s CHS Boys team, where she also works as a teacher. LeeAnn joined the Highlanders in 2019, transferring from the Ottawa Banshees and Beavers, where she was head coach. She continues to play rugby and will be lacing up her boots to support the Highlanders Senior Women. LeeAnn is a level 2 coach and also a World Rugby Coach Instructor.

Ball’s out…!

Eru Pou is a New Zealander from North Harbour, home of Buck Shelford. Eru learned his rugby from infancy playing schoolboy rugby and then club rugby with Glenfield RFC. A Canadian since 2002, Eru has played club ball with the Montreal Irish and the Brockville Privateers. An original Highlander, Eru has been developing rugby in Lanark County since 2004. He has his World Rugby coaching (level 1) and reffing (level 1) qualifications.

Eru and TK with the Al Charron Cup
Old Boys hoisting the Old Boys’ trophy
LeeAnn, Big Dave and players and coaches from Mixed Ability Rugby.