Lee Briers launches tirade on coaches

Lee Briers was one of Super League’s greatest ever halfbacks and now he has turned his hand to coaching.

After plying his trade at the Warrington Wolves as assistant coach, Briers left to join the Wigan Warriors and, in the process, ended a 25-year affiliation with the former.

The ex-halfback is also one of the most outspoken about the state of the youth game, having previously coached Warrington’s under-19s and reserve grade and has launched a rant about how it can be improved.

A previous quote by a Twitter user explained how late teenagers are told to focus on what they can lift in the gym rather than the skills and speed aspect of being a rugby player.

Briers, himself one of the most skilful ballplayers that Super League has seen, agreed – even getting his point across with capital letters.

Briers said: “My motto would be SKILL THE KID BUILD THE ATHLETE in that order. But it’s too easy for scouts and youth coaches just to go for the big kid. #lazydevelopment”.

Now at Wigan, the 2010 Lance Todd trophy winner will be aiding new head coach Matt Peet in blooding through some more youngsters on the Warriors’ terrific conveyor belt of youth.

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