McGregor returns as coach of NSW juniors


Paul McGregor has picked up his first rugby league coaching gig since leaving St George Illawarra, taking over as NSW’s under-19s State of Origin mentor.

McGregor was announced as part of the Blues’ pathways system on Sunday, following on from Geoff Toovey’s return to the coach’s box as assistant with the NSW women’s side.

The ex-NSW centre declared last year he was still at the beginning of his coaching journey when he resigned from the Dragons during his seventh season after immense pressure on his position.

The 53-year-old focused largely on personal matters over the summer, and has not taken up a role as an assistant at any NRL club for 2021.

McGregor has previously served as an assistant to former NSW coach Laurie Daley before he took over at the Dragons, having long been in the NSW system.

Meanwhile Beau Scott, Brett Kimmorley and Trent Hodkinson have all also taken up NSW roles, with Scott coaching the country team and Kimmorley and Hodkinson in the juniors.

“All of those players wore the sky blue jumper with distinction and they will be able to pass on their experience to the next generation of stars coming through,” NSWRL’s head of football Robert Lowrie said.

“It’s great to see them reinvesting in the game and I’m confident this will set the NSWRL up for future success.”

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