The Coaches

The Men Who Changed Rugby League

Jeff Apter
July 2014

RRP: A$29.95
ISBN: 9781743465660
Format: Paperback

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Jeff Apter proves that rugby league’s great coaches are compelling characters in their own right, as complex, gifted and prickly as any champion player. [He] takes us into the inner sanctum of the dressing room to reveal in raw and mesmerising detail the trade secrets and sometimes outrageous motivating methods of Jack Gibson, Wayne Bennett, Craig Bellamy, Roy Masters and more. – LARRY WRITER

Book overview

Rugby league has entered an era when the coach generates as many front bar debates as the players. How did they come to command paydays and status equal to those of their star players?

This book traces the evolution of the rugby league coach, back to the humble era of the captain-coach and the even humbler early days of the game. It then charts the careers of such legends as the iconic, laconic Jack Gibson, everyman Harry Bath, Ken ‘Killer’ Kearney and master of mind games, Roy Masters, as well as the superstars of the modern era.

Apter weaves an entertaining and fast-paced story around both the iconic legends and the instantly recognisable modern masters: Gibson, Bath, Churchill, Masters, Bennett, Stuart and Bellamy

Indispensable reading for all rugby lovers and sports nuts.