THE Macquarie University Sydney Rays have appointed the widely-experienced and international coach Jayson Brewer (pictured left) to the men’s side coaching team.
The 37-year-old Brewer will lead set piece and the contact areas and comes to the Rays with a decorated coaching career most recently with the Fiji national side as their forwards coach.
Brewer, has already started work with head coach Julian Huxley on mapping out the Rays’ programs for the year which will ramp up in coming weeks as the Shute Shield season closes in on the grand final.
One of the things that appealed most about Brewer to Huxley and the selection panel was his experience in pulling together teams in a short period of times and the experience he will bring from a High Performance environment.
Fiji, with most of their national team squad linked with clubs in France, played Tests against the Wallabies, Scotland, Italy earlier this year (Fiji’s best ever result in the June Series winning four from five Tests) and have already qualified for the Rugby World Cup in Japan after taking out the Pacific Nations Cup with an undefeated run against Samoa and Tonga.
Brewer said: “ I am looking forward to working with the calibre of players we have recruited to the Rays; already the squad is building nicely and we are still looking at a number of positions over the coming final series”
“From a Set Piece and Forwards perspective we need to be spot on early with our detail and accuracy. I am looking forward to working with Julian and developing the players we have recruited. “
Brewer, was also forwards coach at Randwick, where he played, from 2013 until 2016. In 2016, Jayson was also the Australian Barbarians Forwards coach which was an NRC selection squad of non super rugby players.
During 2016, Brewer also coached the Brazil Olympic sevens squads and was a part of the National 15s coaching group for the South American Championship.
From 2012 until 2017 Brewer, was Head of ARU Performance Coaching Pathways working across National teams including U20s, Schoolboys, and Wallaroos program.
He is currently the Director of Rugby at Trinity Grammar School and will continue his role with Fiji where he works closely with John McKee, the former Eastwood and Warringah mentor.
As well as Brewer’s appointment, the Rays have announced that Rob Fowkes, who is the head of strength and conditioning at Northern Suburbs, will again perform the vitally important role.