A phenomenal rugby league brain: Lee Briers backed for NRL success

George Riley
Lee Briers Wigan Warriors

Lee Briers has the kind of rugby league brain that gives him every chance of making a big success of his coaching career in the NRL.

The Warrington legend has left Challenge Cup winners Wigan after just one season as assistant coach, following an approach by NRL giants Brisbane Broncos.

Briers will fly out in the next few months to star his new life Down Under, with the backing of Wigan great Pat Richards.

“They are a great little side Brisbane, they went alright at the start of the year and then fell off,” Richards told the Love Rugby League Podcast. “They need to change a few things up so I think Lee will go well.

“We all know the rugby league brain that Lee Briers has. He was an absolutely phenomenal player.

“I still remember the first time we played Warrington and I was playing against him. In the second half he kicked four drop goals against us. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on the field. He was just going down there and didn’t miss, putting on a masterclass.”

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As a player Richards won Grand Finals in both the NRL with West Tigers and in Super League with Wigan, winning the coveted Man of Steel award in 2010.

He believes Briers has all the attributes to make a big impression in Australia.

“I know the Wigan guys have loved having Lee there this year and I wish him well,” Richards said. “He is passionate about the game and sees it as a dream so had the ingredients to make it work.

“Sometimes that creativeness gets lost in our game. Teams become a bit robotic and safe, kicking into the corner after five drives. I’ve always liked to try things differently and try to attack something. Lee has the same mindset and will really add something to that side.”

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