Lee Briers: Brisbane don’t just take anybody, I’m going to prove a point

George Riley
Lee Briers Wigan Warriors

Lee Briers say he is heading to the NRL with Brisbane to prove that British coaches know their rugby league and can coach at the top level in Australia. 

The Wigan assistant has revealed details about his position with the Broncos; and says he expects to fly out by the end of October subject to visa clearance. 

Speaking exclusively on the latest Love Rugby League Podcast, the Warrington legend explained what job Brisbane have asked him to do and how he hopes to emulate other British coaches in proving his worth in the best league in the world.

“My role is a transition coach which is the top end of the squad,” Briers said.

“There have also been talks about doing the attack and outside backs, but my title is Transitions Coach but I don’t know the finer details yet. 

“The first thing is getting my foot on the ladder in Australia. I’m excited and nervous but there’s lots to come with Wigan before that.”

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Briers says he is excited about fulfilling an ambition that never presented itself as a player. And now he wants to prove that British coaches known the game just as well as the Aussies.

Huddersfield coach Ian Watson recently spoke of his own ambition to emulate Mal Reilly Down Under; and Briers shares that burning desire.

”I’m going to represent Super League and England and show that we know our rugby league and can coach rugby league and can play rugby league,” Briers told the podcast.

“Mal Reilly and Steve McNamara have gone before me, Rich Agar now too but there’s no others. 

“Now Lee Briers, a naughty kid from a council estate in St Helens is going to the biggest competition in the world, to arguably the biggest rugby league club in the world and is being employed by it. 

“Brisbane Broncos don’t just take anybody so I must be doing something right. I’m not all bad, I must be a good person somewhere.

“My purpose is coaching. Playing was for my coaching career and it has taught me discipline, to care and understand myself and to be a good person.”

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