Following last week’s Coaching Team announcement, let’s take a look at the Rugby League career of Lee Briers so far and what experience he will bring to Wigan Warriors as Assistant Coach…
St Helens-born Lee Briers started his career with his hometown club, though his first taste of professional Rugby League saw Briers head to AS Carcassonne to gain some valuable first team experience, before returning to St Helens to make six appearances.
In 1997, seeking regular game time, Briers made the switch to Warrington Wolves which would be one of his best decisions in the sport. The scrum half made an immediate impact for the Wolves and earned Young Player of the Year in his first season with the club.
Briers recently brought the curtain down on a 24-year stretch at Warrington having spent 16 years as a player and a further eight as part of the coaching staff. In his playing career, Briers made 425 appearances and is proudly Warrington’s all-time points scorer with 2,586 points. As a player, he spent five years as club captain and won three Challenge Cups, including the Lance Todd Trophy in 2010.
At international level, Briers made a sole appearance for Great Britain as well as making 18 caps for Wales, scoring 77 points and also captaining the side for a small period of time. He represented Wales in the 2000 World Cup.
Retiring from the game in 2013, Briers slotted straight into a coaching role, assisting Warrington’s Under-19s and Reserves grades before stepping up as Steve Price’s Assistant Coach in 2018, seeing the Wolves lift the Challenge Cup in 2019.
At the end of 2021, he left the Wolves and has now joined the Warriors to link up with new Head Coach Matt Peet and alongside fellow Assistant Coach Sean O’Loughlin.