newSTAR’s select list of players and coaches confirms our position as a market leader in rugby union and rugby league services and consultancy. In a challenging market, newSTAR is an experienced and respected voice as your personal representative. Over the past 20 years newSTAR has produced innovative and creative career solutions for our clients. newSTAR’s focused and active participation in our client’s careers ensures our partnerships are successful and produce optimal outcomes for all parties.

Our Team

  • Anthony Picone – Managing Director*
  • Brett Picone – General Manager*
  • Nathan Nicol – Client Manager*
  • Matthew Thornton – Client Manager*
  • Shane Singe – Managing Director NZ*
  • Kasiano Lealamanua (Kas) – Client Manager NZ*
  • Catherine Drahm – Marketing & Administration
  • Ben Le Blanc – Wellbeing and Player Development Manager

Denotes Formal Player Management Accreditation


newSTAR has firmly established relationships with all major Japanese rugby companies and is a leading importer of elite rugby talent. newSTAR’s unique respect for and understanding of Japanese culture ensures our clients are linked to a brand with professional integrity and trust with all Japanese teams. Leading players, coaches and consultants from around the globe continue to choose newSTAR as their preferred option for career placement and professional development in Japan.

Our Team

  • Anthony Picone – Managing Director
  • Terry Kita – General Manager (Japan)
  • Yuki Mochida – Client Support Manager Japan
  • Kyoko (Muko) Mukoyama – Client Support Manager Japan
  • Yuka Kita – Marketing & Administration 


newSTAR has negotiated top level deals for our elite professionals in France, Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In the dynamic market that is European rugby, clients must have a premium partner at their side with extensive market presence and knowledge. newSTAR’s exclusive European partners YM&U have considerable management and playing experience from the dawn of the professional era in 1995. Read more here: YM&U Group

Our Team

  • Shaun Longstaff – Director*
  • Jono Stuart – Director*
  • Daren O’Leary – Director*
  • Gareth Morgan – Client Manager*
  • Clive Stuart-Smith – Head Of Commercial*
  • Jenny Longstaff – Sports Lawyer*

* Denotes Formal Player Management Accreditation



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