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Long renowned as a successful rugby league development school, with a number of Queensland, Australian and NRL players amongst its alumni, St Brendan’s College has boosted its rugby league program even further in 2019, with the appointment of a new Director of Rugby League, Nathan Doyle, and former NRL player Scott Minto in sports administration and coaching.
Mr Dallas Williams, Head of Sport at St Brendan’s College said Nathan Doyle’s appointment was a significant boost for the College with Mr Doyle charged with developing the players and coaching staff at St Brendan’s College and building programs to support rugby league participation as an opportunity to teach life skills, team work and responsibility.
“Mr Doyle is a Level 3 Rugby League Coach so will work to ensure consistency across all of our rugby league coaching staff, whether that is sporting staff, teachers or parent volunteers,” Mr Williams said.
“Scott Minto will also join the team in sports administration, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge in rugby league at the highest level, supporting our long-time First XIII Coach Terry Hansen and a significant Physical Education staff at the College,” said Mr Williams.
“In 2018, we had just under 400 students involved in our school rugby league program, from 7C’s through to our First XIII, with three and four teams in some age divisions,” he said.
“There is a lot of emphasis nationally on the behaviour and conduct of rugby league players outside of their sport; so Nathan will be developing programs to ensure that participation in rugby league at the College is an education in itself; working to develop young men of respect on, and off, the footy field,” Mr Williams said.
The St Brendan’s College First XIII will be the first students hitting the training grounds in 2019; a squad of 40 who trained late in 2018 will be narrowed down to 20 before the first hit-out against The Cathedral College on Wednesday 20 March 2019.
However, rugby league will not be the only focus for 2019 with the new rugby league appointments allowing for growth and development in other sporting codes at the College.
“With the appointment of Nathan as Director of Rugby League it will free up my time to focus on the development of the other key sports for our College and our region including cricket, AFL, soccer and rugby union just to name a few,” Mr Williams said.