US ASSOCIATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE OFFICIAL

USA Coaching Staff

The USA Hawks have recruited a world-class team of coaches to pursue its vision of achieving victory while bringing a world-class standard to life on the field. With International, Super League and NRL experience in their coaching ranks, the Hawks backroom staff are looking to ensure USA's kettle of talent are fully prepared to spread their wings and take flight on the Rugby League World Cup stage.
 

Sean Rutgerson

Sean Rutgerson

Head Coach

Sean Rutgerson is a retired professional rugby league player and joins the Hawks as Head Coach after working with the Hawks as assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for the RLWC2015 Qualifiers Americas and RLWC2017 campaign. Having played 150 games for 4 different clubs, including the USARL’s own Jacksonville Axemen - whom he went on to coach, Rutgerson brings more NRL and Super League experience to the Hawks; having also played in the 2000 RLWC for South Africa.

Since his playing days, the former utility forward has gone on to own a personal training business in Sydney, Australia and coach at both the Wests Tigers NSW cup and Newtown Jets sides. Rutgerson’s strength and conditioning knowledge will ensure that the Hawks side will not be lacking in speed, shape or fitness.

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Billy Neilson

Billy Neilson

Team Manager

Billy has been involved Rugby and Rugby League Game Development since his collegiate days at the University of Florida. Since then he has played on numerous teams and held executive level positions with a focus on all assets of the game.

Billy is a co-founder and current board member of the Tampa Mayhem where he strives to provide a professional sporting product that can be attended and enjoyed by every person in Tampa and the surrounding areas.

Billy is a Level II USA Rugby coach and Level I NRL coach. He is also an acting member of the USARL Board of Directors.

With over 18 years of playing and coaching experience as well as project management and operations expertise, Mr Neilson is valuable asset as USARL Hawks Team Manager.

 

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