Getting to Know Willie Peters

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Getting to Know Willie Peters

Get to know the Robins’ new Head Coach for 2023 with an in-depth look at Willie Peters’ playing and coaching career so far.

After debuting in the NRL at age 18, Peters made 76 appearances in Australia’s premier competition with South Sydney Rabbitohs and St. George Illawarra in-between two stints in Super League. 

The Sydney-born Peters first came over to England to play for Gateshead Thunder in 1999 before the then-halfback spent the 2000 season with Wigan Warriors, playing for the Cherry and Whites in their 2000 Grand Final loss to rivals, St. Helens. Peters would return to Super League in 2004 to join Widnes Vikings and help save the club from relegation.

During this time, the young Peters would get a long-lasting taste for British rugby before retiring at age 25 in 2004 after making 141 first-grade career appearances in NRL and Super League. After retiring, Peters headed back to Australia to ignite his coaching career.

An early starter to coaching, Peters quickly made his mark with the South Sydney Rabbitohs junior pathways in the early 2010s rising to Head Coach of South’s U19s SG Ball side and then, Head Coach of  West Tigers’ Holden Cup side in 2016.

From there, Peters has gone on to work under some of the NRL’s standout coaches, firstly in 2017 as Assistant Head Coach to Trent Barrett at the Manly Sea Eagles.

For 2018, Peters joined Anthony Seibold at South Sydney Rabbitohs before working with Wayne Bennett at the Redfern club into 2019. In both years, South Sydney finished a promising 3rd but would fall one game short of the Grand Final, losing in the preliminary final on both occasions. Since 2020, Peters has been part of the Newcastle Knights coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach to Adam O’Brien and helped lead the Knights to two NRL play-off finishes.

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