Briggs returns to work with Rangers seconds

Brighouse Rangers officials and coaching team. From left, Nigel Briggs (manager), Johnny Bruce (coach), Brendan Hill (assistant coach) and Dean Wilson.
Brighouse Rangers officials and coaching team. From left, Nigel Briggs (manager), Johnny Bruce (coach), Brendan Hill (assistant coach) and Dean Wilson.

Brighouse Rangers have welcomed back Nigel Briggs, 50, as their second team coach after he coached their U16’s last season.

Married to Tracy, they have two children, Grace 22, and Jacob 20, and he works for Murney Ltd who have the contract for the Northern Power Grid, laying cables.

Having played professional rugby league for Leeds and Halifax, Briggs went for his coaching badge around 15 years ago and is now a Level Two.

“I spent most of my amateur years at Brighouse and when I started coaching I did coach the second and first teams before I went on to do three seasons with St Joseph’s,” said Briggs.

“Then I went to Huddersfield Sharks and was assistant coach to former GB, Sheffield and Leeds Rhinos centre Keith Senior.”

Following on from the Sharks he took Brighouse U17’s to the Yorkshire County Cup final and then commenced a two-season stint at Wyke ARLFC.

Last season he was asked to take on the U16s at Brighouse before being asked this year to also coach the Brighouse second team.

Despite the fantastic facilities at Brighouse Sports Club, Russell Way, they have had problems with retaining players which has been a challenge for Briggs.

“It has been difficult,” added Briggs. “I had around 25 players to choose from, then we were hit with illness and the first team came and picked a few lads to play for them and we struggled to put a team together.

“I have approached some of the U17s I coached and have been successful in getting eight players back, plus I have a few lads who are on the books who will play the odd game so hopefully now we can turn a corner.”

Briggs is putting a past players table together for the Tommy Martyn dinner on March 8 so if any players would like to attend could they should contact him on 07817 777547 or the club.