Mark Horo

Mark Horo
Mark Horo
Personal information
Full name Mark Gregory Horo
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Unknown (WRL)
Te Atatu Roosters
1990–1994 Parramatta Eels 62 6 0 0 24
1995 Wests (NSWRL) 22 2 0 0 8
1996–1997 Auckland Warriors 36 4 0 0 16
Total 120 12 0 0 48
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1985 Waikato
19??–1985 Northern Districts
1986–1989 Auckland
1986–1988 New Zealand Māori
1987–1995 New Zealand 16 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

Mark Gregory Horo[1] is a New Zealand rugby league coach and former footballer of the 1980s and 90s. A New Zealand international representative, he played club football in New Zealand for Te Atatu and in Australia for Parramatta and Wests before finishing his career back in Auckland with the Warriors. Horo currently coached in New South Wales and is the co-coach of the New Zealand Māori team.

His son Justin Horo currently plays for the Parramatta Eels.


Playing career

Horo played at the 1985-1988 Rugby League World Cup and the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. In New Zealand he played for the Te Atatu Roosters in the Auckland Rugby League competition and he later represented the Parramatta Eels, Western Suburbs Magpies and the Auckland Warriors in Australian competitions. He played for the New Zealand Māori side at the 1986 Pacific Cup.[2]

Mark played 16 tests for the Kiwis over a ten year period. He had stunning start to his international career starring in a 13-6 upset win over Australia. He held his Kiwi spot in 1988 with his brother Shane Horo playing in the 66-14 win over Papua New Guinea and the 12-10 win over Great Britain at the Addington Show Grounds in Christchurch. The following year he played against Australia before missing the 1989 Kiwi Tour.

He regained his Kiwi spot in 1990 under a new Kiwi coach, however for the next four seasons injuries and being out of favour with Kiwi coaches resulted in him not being selected, including missing the Kiwi tour in 1993 (hindsight suggests he and other shock omission Tony Iro should have been selected).

After Parramatta

Having difficulties at Parramatta, he moved to Western Suburbs. He played superbly and in 1995 regained his test jersey playing in all three world cup internationals for the kiwis. He was signed by the warriors on a 2 year contract after which he retired.

He played his last international in 1996.

Later years

Mark Horo now coaches the Erina Eagles of the Jim Beam Cup.[3]

In 2010 he was the co-coach of the New Zealand Māori side with Richie Blackmore.


  1. ^ HORO, MARK GREGORY 1987 - 90, 1995 - 96 - KIWI #603
  2. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 224–226. ISBN 1869693310, 9781869693312. 
  3. ^ 1

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