Irish rugby club Munster inspires Anthony Seibold’s approach to Brisbane Broncos’ disrupted season

“It is something we have never done because we have the bye. To get a player up for 21 or 22 weeks straight is physically and mentally very challenging.

“So if there is an opportunity to rest a player for a weekend and two weeks later rest another if they are looking fatigued … that is something we will get a feel for as we go.

“For us to be consistent and successful we will have to look at our whole squad, not just expect the 17 players to play each week.”

Seibold said he must also find a way to ensure his fringe players are ready to step up to help implement his rotation plan after the major second-tier competitions were cancelled for 2020.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold puts the players through their paces at training.Credit:AAP

He backed the Broncos’ demanding training sessions to prime players outside the top 17 for an NRL call-up in a season where they will play the Sydney Roosters, Parramatta, South Sydney, North Queensland and the Gold Coast twice.

But he said other options had also been discussed.

“Once the NRL gets up and running, I think the next thing for clubs and head coaches to look at is how do we get some footy for our team [fringe players],” he said.


“Do we combine with Cowboys and Gold Coast and go and play a western Sydney team on two or three occasions? It has been suggested at head coaches’ meetings.


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