The Pathway to Professional Rugby continues at Brothers - 10 / Nov / 2016

The Brothers Rugby community is proud to congratulate Carl Marshall, Head Coach of the 2016 Premiership-winning Premier Grade side, who has today been announced as Assistant Coach of the Australian Under 20’s for 2017.

The Australian team is heading to Georgia to contest the Junior World Championships in 2017 where Carl will be charged with shaping the team’s attack.  The whole Club is proud that his ability has been recognized. The appointment is a fitting reward for his tireless efforts & consistent high performance whilst being part of the Club’s flagship team over recent years.

Director of Rugby Ben McCormack noted “It’s a fantastic achievement for Carl and great acknowledgment for the role he has played in developing so many high achieving players during his coaching tenure”. 

McCormack also noted this latest achievement is a continuation of the Club’s delivery on its pathway promises. “We as a Club have been striving to provide a program that develops players & coaches alike in order to help them achieve their goals.  The Club has been very successful in helping players transition to the upper echelons of the Rugby pathway that exists both in Australia and abroad, and Carl’s recent appointment is further testament to the Club’s strong development framework. We couldn't be happier for him and we wish him well”.

Carl will remain as Brothers Premier Grade Head Coach in 2017. Whilst his duties will be somewhat impacted by the Australian appointment, the Club has ensured that systems will be implemented to maintain and lift our high standards during his temporary absence.

An exciting opportunity now exists for Kelevi Tuicolo, who will join the Premier Grade coaching ranks and provide additional support to the coaching structure. Kelevi guided Brothers Reserve Grade to a Grand Final berth this year after previously developing his skills with GPS Premier Colts, Junior Gold Representative programs, as well the Brisbane Fiji 7’s setup.  The Club is confident in Kelevi’s ability and his work ethic as demonstrated by his willingness to professionally develop throughout the 2016 season.

Carl Marshall said “Kelevi’s focus on preparation through his statistical analysis, coupled with his strong organisational and social skills, will ensure a smooth transition from Premier Reserve to Premier Grade in 2017.” 

Kelevi will join the 2016 Premier Grade coaching team Carl Marshall, Ben McCormack and Brendan Gabbett for their tilt at going ‘back to back’ in 2017.

With over 80 players currently in the gym undergoing an offseason weights program, the Club is confident that 2017 is going to be another fantastic year for the Brothers Rugby community.

In other Brothers coaching news, Director of Rugby Ben McCormack has just returned from a 2 week stint with Guinness Pro12 sides Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby Clubs in Scotland as part of his ongoing professional development supported by the club. This guarantees our program remains at the forefront of the current coaching trends around the world and will ensure Brothers Rugby stays at the top of the competition.


Ben McCormack, Director of Rugby, Brothers Rugby Club, 07 3862 2084,

Matt Kaye, CEO, Brothers Rugby Club, 07 3862 2084,