The South Sydney Rabbitohs are excited to announce the addition of Ben Hornby to its coaching staff for the next two seasons in the role of Development Coach, adding two decades of experience at the highest levels of Rugby League to the South Sydney coaching ranks.
Hornby will work with both the NRL and Pathways squads, with a particular focus on skill development with the top 30 and development contracted players, and will also be a mentor to John Sutton and Greg Inglis who are commencing their coaching careers in the 2020 season.
Hornby had a stellar playing career, playing 273 NRL matches for the St George Illawarra Dragons including captaining the Premiership-winning 2010 side under the tutelage of current Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett. He also represented Australia in one Test match, New South Wales in three State of Origin matches and Country Origin on three occasions during his 13-season playing career.
Hornby then moved into coaching with the Dragons including roles at the SG Ball, under 20s and NRL Assistant Coach levels over the past seven years, including five years as assistant to Head Coach Paul McGregor.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football, Shane Richardson, says Hornby will be a valuable addition to South Sydney.
“Ben is a tremendous person with a sharp football mind and his appointment will be very beneficial for our players and the coaching ranks at our Club,” Mr Richardson said.
“He has worked under Wayne (Bennett) and Jason (Demetriou) previously and they speak very highly of him as a coach and as a person.
“He is building a strong coaching base at all levels of the game and he will be a great mentor for both Greg and John as they begin their coaching journeys this year.
“Ben was a first class player, is regarded as one of the top young coaches in the game, and we’re delighted to have him join our team for the coming season.”
|Date of Birth:||18 February 1980|
|Coaching Positions:||Development Coach (South Sydney Rabbitohs 2020-21), NRL Assistant Coach (St George Illawarra Dragons 2015-2019), Assistant Coach (World All Stars 2016-17), NYC under 20s co-Head Coach (St George Illawarra Dragons 2014), SG Ball Head Coach (St George Illawarra Dragons 2013)|
|Playing Career:||273 NRL games (all for the Dragons 2000-12), one test for Australia (2006), three State of Origin matches for New South Wales (2004, 2006, 2008), three games for Country Origin (2005-06, 2008) and one NRL Premiership (Dragons - 2010).|