Peter Lupton to coach Boston 13s in 2017
Lupton will be looking to implement many of the things he learned in his decorated rugby league career back home in the UK, a career spanning over 300 professional appearances. The 2017 USA Rugby League campaign starts with a trip to New York on June 3rd to open against White Plains.
Now retired from the professional game, Lupton is relishing the chance to nurture players of the future in Boston. Lupton will be assisted by an experienced coaching team, a team looking to build on the successes of the previous coaching duo of Robin Peers & Dustin Cooper.
There has been much interest in the Toronto side across the border in Canada that will enter the UK rugby league system in 2017, travelling to places such as Hemel Hempstead, Wrexham, Newcastle and Hunslet. The athletic ability of the players has convinced Lupton that one day an American club like Boston can follow suit.
"I went to my first training session and I was surprised," he said. "Some of the speed in the drills is unbelievable, in England players have the skills and then have to develop their body, but here it's the other way round.
"With a bit of help from people who have played in the UK or Australia, they can guide it better and hopefully get a strong team so they can do a Toronto or set up a professional league so it takes the game forward."
Julian Haigh Joins the Boston 13s Coaching Staff
Experienced conditioner Julian Haigh joins the Boston 13s coaching staff ahead of the 2017 USARL season.
Haigh moved to Boston twelve months ago to work with the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League. Prior to that he spent the previous few years working with academy and first team players at Widnes Vikings in the Super League.
Haigh, who was born in Boston but moved to the UK as a child, is excited to be part of the 13s off field team and hopes to make a similar impact with the Boston 13s as he has with the Breakers who are currently fourth in the NWSL table.