Long-time WA coach and administrator fills RugbyWA role

by Rugby WA Media

Former Perth Bayswater and WA U19s coach Brendan Loag will join the RugbyWA team in 2021, filling the role of Pathway Manager.

Having an extensive knowledge of both the WA Club Rugby scene and RugbyWA’s Pathway system, Loag will bring to the position expertise in education, development and academy coaching giving him the experience needed to hit the ground running.

Loag’s time spent head coaching the U19s URC team has given him and in depth understanding of RugbyWA’s current Pathway strategy.

Director of Rugby Steve Anderson touched on his previous experiences working within RugbyWA saying his extensive knowledge of the Rugby landscape in WA will be an asset to the company once again.

“As an administrator, coach, and experience in academy systems, Brendan brings a mix of expertise that is a great fit for this position,” Anderson said.

“Brendan’s role will include leading our talented emerging female and male youth to realise their aspirations of junior age national honours and transition to Western Force Senior Academy system.”

“Brendan will work closely with the Western Force’s high-performance staff to align our RWA pathway programs to create greater opportunities for our youth players.”

With an official start date set to January 19 2021, Loag will start an official handover process with current Pathway Manager Sebastion Delport.

Loag plans to leave his mark on the role from the outside looking to strengthen the alignment with both the WA club rugby community and the Western Force.

“I’m hoping to bring a bit of experience coming into the program in 2021, I’d like to think bringing some knowledge of how we got to this point can be beneficial," Loag said. 

“Being in clubland for the last couple of years, I’m pretty excited to get back into the role here (RugbyWA) and I hope I can bring a lot of enthusiasm to the role.”

“Building relationships will be important with both clubland and the Force, Dylan Parsons (Western Force Academy Coach) and I already have a strong relationship and I feel that I can support him being out there in the face of clubs and promote what his team is achieving.”

“Delivering high level players to the Force will be the main priority for us and doing all the ground-work to see if these players are up for it will encompass my role.”

RugbyWA welcomes Brendan Loag to the role of Pathway Manager in 2021 and would like to express its thanks to leaving manager Sebastian Delport for his diligence and contribution to the pathway program

Delport will conclude on the December 18, but will continue to support through his coaching duties with the Emerging Pathway program.