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Lee Briers says Super League star would play a different position if he tried his hand in the NRL

Lee Briers celebrates

Former Warrington Wolves star Lee Briers has developed brilliantly as a coach in the last few years going from the Wolves to Wigan Warriors and now to the NRL with the Brisbane Broncos,

Briers was the guest on Sky Sports’ coverage of Wigan’s clash away against Hull FC and gave his assessment on the differences between the NRL and Super League.

As he did he made an interesting statement about Wigan prop Liam Byrne and how he would fair in the NRL.

He said:

“The athlete is massive down there. Liam Byrne is a big middle but in the NRL he is probably an average sized backrower, they’re so big.

“It is the same IQ as over here. My job is to educate them on how to play rugby league.”

This came as he explained that the NRL has the first pick over athletes:

“It’s about energy and for me that’s the main difference is the athletes. The size and speed of their athletes. It is their national sport so they have the first pick from the pool whilst we’re third behind football and rugby union.”

Defence is also key according to Briers:

“It is probably the defensive side. It defence orientated. As an attack coach it is something I have to get my head around.

“It is set for set and allowing your middles to get their energy back. When middles are slow to get back, it used to bother me but I was told very quickly told that doesn’t matter and that we want to build for our defence.”

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