NRC coaches for 2018 announced


10/08/2018



By NSW Rugby Media

The importance of enhancing strong pathways for coaches was further highlighted today with the announcement of the coaches for the two New South Wales teams in this year’s National Rugby Championship.

Chris Whitaker will take charge of Sydney while Darren Coleman will once again lead the coaching team for the Country Eagles.

Whitaker was last week named as one of the NSW Waratahs Assistant Coaches for 2019.

“The NRC represents the best of our club players, emerging talent and Super Rugby players who will, over a period of nine weeks, battle it out in one of our toughest competitions. There is no doubt that we have a strong talent pool in NSW and it’s exciting to help contribute to their development,” Whitaker said.

“And to top it all, the old rivalry of Sydney and Country will be at the centre of the action,” he added.

Meanwhile, Coleman will coach the NSW Country Eagles for a fifth year in a row. He has extensive experience in Australia and abroad, and in 2017 coached Warringah to Shute Shield champions.

Coleman said the NRC was an important development opportunity for players, coaches and other support staff.

“We are a lot more closely aligned with the NSW Waratahs than before, and that is positive. As one of the foundation teams in the NRC, we are very proud of our country identity and we will continue to take high quality rugby to our regions,” Coleman said.

“The talent is certainly there and I expect us to have one of the strongest representation of country origin players in our squad. I am extremely proud to be associated with the Eagles.”


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