- Date of Birth24 Nov 1963
Though born in London, Phil Blake enjoyed a long rugby league career in Australia before 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 a try 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 also in England 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 before moving into rugby union in 2006 with Southern Districts. He became head coach at Manly a year later and then worked as defence and skills coach with the Wallabies under Robbie Deans.
Spells with Western Force and as head coach at Manly followed before moving to Premiership Rugby as defence coach with Leicester Tigers and then Wasps. He returned to Tigers in January 2019, working with new head coach Geordan Murphy.