NSW COUNTRY EAGLES NRC 2016
COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT
HEAD COACH – Darren Coleman
Darren returns as the head coach and the brains behind the working cog that is the NSW Country Eagles for NRC v3.0. Having been with us since the beginning of the competition in 2014, Darren is the driving force behind the expansive, running rugby that we will see in this year’s competition. His coaching background is illustrious, it includes:
– Head coach, NSW Waratahs academy 1998
– Northern Suburbs RUFC 2006-2007
– L’Aquila, Italy 2007-2008
– Toyota Shuttles, Japan 2011-2013
– Director of rugby, and head coach at Eastern Suburbs RUFC
– Head Coach NSW Country Eagles 2014-Present.
Along with CEO Peter Playford, Coleman is a driving force behind the re-branding and changing nature of the club. He cares deeply about our relationship with grassroots rugby in Australia, and our connection with rugby in the country – two characteristics we wish to take to a new level as a club in NRC v3.0.
BACKS COACH – Dan Parks
Dan Parks has a distinguished career in our great game. Born in Sydney, Parks played his junior rugby with three different shute shield clubs; West Harbour RUFC, Southern Districts RUFC and Eastern Suburbs RUFC, before being selected in the NSW U/21’s representative side in 1998. From here, Parks shifted his focus to playing rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, a decision that paid dividends with his seven year tenure as a flyhalf at Glasgow RUFC. His performances there earned him selection in Scotland’s national side, a team he was a regular in, earning 66 caps from 2004-2012. In the process, Parks earnt a number of awards and records, including:
– Scotland Player’s Player of the World Cup 2007.
– Glasgow Warriors Player of the season 2006–07 and 2009–10.
– Glasgow Warriors record point scorer (1531 points).
– Glasgow Warriors record appearance holder (143 games).
Closer to home in 2015, Parks worked as an assistant coach with the Sydney Stars in NRC v2.0. His experience in the acquisition of rugby knowledge that he earnt playing globally as a world class flyhalf will be essential to the success of the young guns forming numbers 9-15 in NRC v3.0.
FORWARDS COACH – Brad Harris
Brad Harris seems to have the “golden touch” when it comes to coaching rugby clubs around Australia. A stalwart of the ACT grade rugby scene, both as a player and coach; in 2015, Harris was awarded the ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union Coach of the Year Award after he led the Tuggeranong Vikings to the John Dent Cup Grand final, where they lost to the Canberra Royals after the siren. In 2014, he was the forwards coach at the UC Vikings in NRC v1.0, before being elevated into the top job for the next instalment of the competition with immediate effect. The UC Vikings had a dream run to the grand final where they were narrowly defeated by a red-hot Brisbane City side. He is ready to go one step better with the NSW Country Eagles this year. In addition to his outstanding coaching CV, Harris has been pivotal in the ongoing operation and running of the “V-Rugby Academy” in the ACT. This is a program that provides young and aspiring rugby players top of the line facilities, training programs and access to coaches on their journey to becoming professional footballers. His clear connection with grassroots rugby, and his passion for building success from the ground up leaves him as a natural match for the Country Eagles in 2016, a team focussed on changing the face of rugby as we know it.
DEFENCE COACH – Shannon Fraser
The NSW Country Eagles warmly welcome Shannon Fraser back as the defence coach for our 2016 campaign. Like Darren, he is no stranger to us, having been with the Eagles as an assistant coach for our first 2 seasons. Fraser has over 17 years coaching experience, and is an extremely experienced head to have around our stellar coaching staff. His coaching CV includes:
– Assistant coach with Fiji for the 2007 and 11’ World Cups.
– A NSW Waratahs assistant coach 2004-08.
– Consultant with the Western Force 2012.
– Head Coach Wollongong Vikings and NSW Country Cockatoos 2014.
– Randwick RUFC Head Coach 2014 – Present.
Having a coach of Shannon’s quality, and commitment to changing the brand of the NSW Country Eagles is invaluable, and he rounds out the outstanding group of coaches that we have to bring glory in NRC v3.0
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