Director of Rugby
Brian Noble is one of the UK’s best known Rugby League players, coaches. Noble played first class rugby for 15 seasons and 400 matches for Bradford and Wakefield Trinity. Noble captained both the English rugby league squad and the British Lions. Coaching the Bradford Bulls between 2001 and 2006, Brian became the only man to coach a club to three Super League Grand Final victories. The club also won the Challenge Cup in 2003 and three world championships in 2002, 2004 and 2006. At club level, Noble also coached the Wigan Warriors and North Wales Crusaders. Internationally, as head coach of Great Britain, Noble was the first British coach to defeat Australia at home in over 40 years. Noble received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford in 2002 and is a rugby league commentator on BBC and Sky Sports. Noble possesses an insightful outlook, attributing many successes to his ability to acquire the most from his players. He did this by developing leadership in his coaching style, and has subsequently produced and developed some of the finest talent the sport has seen. In recognition of his successes, his home city of Bradford bestowed on him the Honour of Freeman of the city. He is also one of only five people to play, captain and coach Great Britain in the 120 year history of the game.
Paul Rowley began his Rugby League career in 1992. He earned his first international cap for England in 1996. He debuted his hometown club, Leigh, progressing to both Halifax and Huddersfield, only to finally return to Leigh. In 2012 Rowley was appointed First Team Coach of Leigh Centurions and guided the club to 2nd in the Championship and a Northern Rail Cup semi-final appearance, after which he was awarded Championship Coach of the year. He has the highest win ratio of any coach ever employed in the UK.
Simon Finnigan is a former professional rugby league player who spent 11 seasons in the RFL with Widnes, Salford, Bradford, Huddersfield, and Leigh. He also represented Ireland at the international level, appearing in both the 2008 and 2013 World Cups. He has been coaching as an assistant under Paul Rowley at Leigh since retiring from the game in 2014.