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Defence Coach

Phil Blake

  • Date of Birth24 Nov 1963
  • BirthplaceLondon
  • Height1.75m (5' 9)
  • Weight83kg (13st 1lbs)

Though born in London, Phil Blake enjoyed a long rugby league career in Australia before moving into coaching in both codes.

Originally a half-back, Blake played for Australia Schools and was Rookie of the Year with Manley in 1982 after scoring in the Grand Final. He followed up as the league’s top try-scorer with 27 in 23 games a year later.

As well as Manly-Warringah, he had spells with South Sydney, North Sydney Bears, Canberra Raiders, St George Dragons and Auckland Warriors, and with Wigan and Warrington, ending his first-class career with 138 tries in 261 games. He also played in the State of Origin series with New South Wales in 1989.

Blake stayed in the game as a coach and moved to union in 2006 with Southern Districts. He became head coach at Manly a year later and then worked as defence and skills coach to the Wallabies under Robbie Deans.

Spells with Western Force and as head coach at Manly followed before moving to Premiership Rugby with Leicester Tigers and then Wasps. He returned to Tigers at new year 2019, working with head coach Geordan Murphy.