Promising young Sea Eagles players (l-r) Lehi Hopoate, Jake Fulton, and Latu Fainu with Coach Des Hasler.

Local junior rugby league volunteers got a behind the scenes look at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at a ‘Coach the Coaches’ information session at Manly’s training base last night.

The evening, hosted by Sea Eagles NRL Head Coach Des Hasler and his staff of Head of Physical Performance, Don Singe, and Assistant Coaches Chad Randall, John Cartwright and Michael Monaghan, featured a video and exhibition training session.

The Sea Eagles’ Under 14 and Under 15 pathways squads were put through their paces by NRL coaching staff in a skills session designed to demonstrate age appropriate drills that junior league coaches can incorporate into their training programs.

Promising young Sea Eagles players (l-r) Lehi Hopoate, Jake Fulton, and Latu Fainu with Coach Des Hasler.
Promising young Sea Eagles players (l-r) Lehi Hopoate, Jake Fulton, and Latu Fainu with Coach Des Hasler.

NRL Game Development Officer Melissa Vayro said the participants enjoyed the opportunity to hear from the Sea Eagles coaching staff.

“The feedback we have received is that it was the best one held to date. It was relevant to everyone, from the insight into an NRL team, to the drills and skills shown,’’ Vayro said.

“The Manly coaching staff were exceptional in their delivery and to see Des there the whole night interacting with the junior league coaches was awesome.

“Donny was very informative and had everyone captured and in laughter.

“We had 38 local junior league coaches as well as one from the Singleton JRL attend and everyone walked away with excitement and a great buzz for rugby league.

“I would really like to thank the Under 14 and Under 15 players and coaches for taking part in the skills session.”

Sea Eagles Elite Pathway Manager Kristie Fulton said the young players were delighted to be a part of the evening.

“It was a thrill for our young players to be involved in a training session with our NRL coaches,'' she said.

"The players impressed with their intensity, skill level and enthusiasm last night. It was a great experience for them”.