Former Super League and NRL head coach Nathan Brown appointed new role for 2023

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Former Super League and NRL head coach Nathan Brown will join the Parramatta Eels’ NRLW staff as coaching advisor for the 2023 campaign. 

Brown, 49, is currently also the head of elite pathways at the Parramatta Eels and will now lead the women’s side in what promises to be an exciting campaign.

There is set to be great attention on the NRLW, which has grown a significant profile in women’s sport ahead of a hotly anticipated 2023 season. The likes of Match.Center will be presenting fans with the opportunity to explore a range of different betting markets and betting offers in relation to the NRL.

The season is due to start on the weekend of 22/23 July, with the Eels taking on Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium in their first game.

The 10 teams will play each other once before the top four proceed to a finals series.

Brown featured in 172 NRL games during his playing career and has gone on to coach 475 games Down Under and in Super League after becoming the youngsters non-playing coach in the NRL at the age of 29.

Brown began his coaching career at St George Illawarra Dragons in 2003, and later made the switch to England with Huddersfield for the 2009 season.

He led the Giants to the Challenge Cup final in his first season, and later joined St Helens for 2013.

Brown guided St Helens to Super League glory in 2014, defeating Wigan 14-6 at Old Trafford, as well as lifting the League Leaders’ Shield in the same season.

Born in Maclean, New South Wales, Brown announced that he would be returning to Australia less than 24 hours after the Super League Grand Final win, citing family reasons.

He has gone on coach Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors, leaving the latter in 2022 after revealing his head coaching days were over.

Nathan Brown links up with NRLW side

Brown joins Eels assistant coach Kate Mullaly and head coach Dean Widders, who are both returning for their third season in the competition.

Mullaly was also an assistant coach for the Jillaroos at last year’s World Cup and was formerly a top-level rugby league player.

Parramatta general manager of football Mark O’Neill commented: “Nathan has coached over 250 NRL games and therefore brings a wealth of experience which will provide Dean Widders and his staff with great support.

“His ability to connect and communicate the technical aspects of the game will accelerate the development of our players and add value to our overall program.”

The Eels squad includes Papua New Guinea icon Elsie Albert and Australia internationals Kennedy Cherrington, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Mahalia Murphy and Talesha O’Neill.

Tyrone McCarthy to depart Warrington to take up role with NRL club

Ireland legend Tyrone McCarthy will depart Warrington to take up a new opportunity with NRL club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The 35-year-old will take up a role in youth development as Pathways Coaching Director for the Rabbitohs.

Following his retirement from the game in 2021, McCarthy joined Warrington’s youth development team as scholarship head coach and assistant for the club’s academy and reserve sides.

A club statement from Warrington read: “He also made a big impact on our community development pathway programme in conjunction with our community coaches.

“The new role down under will see him continue his great work in youth development as Pathways Coaching Director for the Rabbitohs.

“We wish to thank Tyke for all he’s done for the Wire over the years and wish him well for his next chapter in Australia.”

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