2018 Coaching Staff

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  1. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    James Shepherd replaces Kurt Wrigley as assistant coach.

    He has been at Cronulla for 6 seasons, including being assistant coach for their premiership winning side.

    Potter seems to be staying.

    Shepherd is a former Roosters firstgrader, so next year our entire coaching staff will be former NRL players, from Kostjaysyn in under 16s, Dureau in U18s, Lowrie in U20s, Woolford in reserve grade, to Shepherd, Potter and Brown in firstgrade.
     
  2. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Smart move from Potter, Dogs are a mess even with the change of coach, with the worst spine in the comp. Foran is reminiscent of Watmough to the Eels, both busted up beyond fixing.
     
  3. rhugh89

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    Knights recruit new assistant coach


    Sat 7th October, 09:00AM


    The nib Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce the appointment of premiership-winning assistant coach James Shepherd.

    The former Sydney Roosters player had been with the Cronulla Sharks since 2011, where he held the positions of NYC head coach and more recently NRL assistant coach. Additionally, he was made interim NRL coach for 10 matches in 2014.

    Shepherd has also had various roles at Balmain Tigers and the Melbourne Storm, as well as headed up the rugby league program at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.

    He will replace former Knights assistant coach Kurt Wrigley, who has returned to Sydney for family reasons and will take up other opportunities outside of rugby league.

    “It is great to have James on board for the 2018 season,” said coach Nathan Brown.

    “His years of rugby league experience and knowledge of the game will be a great asset to the Club.

    “Our players can learn a great deal from him and I am looking forward to having him on our coaching staff.”

    Shepherd will complete the coaching structure for 2018 alongside Nathan Brown (NRL Head Coach), Mick Potter (NRL Assistant Coach), Simon Woolford (Reserve Grade Coach/NRL assistant coach), Todd Lowrie (Under 20s Coach), Scott Dureau (Under 18s Coach) and Rory Kostjasyn (Under 16s Coach).


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2017/10/06/knights_recruit_new_.html
     
  4. Kurriboy

    Kurriboy Leo Dynevor

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    Say hello to our next 1st grade coach.

    Its a real possibility.

    Another good signing.


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  5. Mr Goanna

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    well at least now we know who to blame ;)
     
  6. Simon Templar

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    He has an impressive resume.

    These assistants coaching positions are often, that little point of difference which compliments and often props up the Head coaches areas of deficiency.

    Does anyone know what is his specific area of expertise ?
     
  7. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    He played 6 games of firstgrade for the roosters as a winger - scored some tries and kicked some goals. Don't know if that means he will coach the backs - although we already have a Dally M winning fullback to do that.
     
  8. Simon Templar

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    Thanks Billy point taken, but the game has changed a fair bit since these Boys played even back to 1991 when Potter won the Dally M award, Full backs have become more involved in so many facets and Goal kicking has evolved from "Toe poking " to a myriad of "bananas" and "draw shots".

    Generally on the coaching panel of NRL clubs the assistances have some specialty which they have honed which makes them more valuable than the next man - maybe we will just need to "watch and see".
     

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