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Walters to coach in Brisbane competition

By Wayne Heming 09/09/2010 01:34:32 PM Comments (0)

Former Brisbane Broncos captain and Queensland Origin five-eighth Kevin Walters will coach Brisbane Easts Tigers next season.

A highly popular figure in Brisbane rugby league circles, Walters has taken French club Catalans Dragons to the Super League semi finals for the last two years.

Walters, who has previously worked as Mal Meninga's assistant Origin coach, took the Ipswich Jets to the Queensland Cup grand final in 2008 before being signed by Catalans.

"Kevin's appointment is an important one for the club, it shows how serious we are about getting back to the top of the Intrust Super Cup," said Tigers chief executive Des Morris.

Walters, who had to leave Catalans during their finals bid to fly back to Australia last month following the death of his father, said he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"There's a lot of pressure coaching a club with such a rich history as the Tigers but I'm looking forward to the job," he said.

Walters, whose twin Kerrod also played for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia, played almost 400 games for Canberra, Brisbane and the Warrington Wolves during his career.

Coach Wayne Bennett brought him to the Broncos from Canberra in 1990 and played him in the No.6 moving Wally Lewis to lock to accommodate him.

He played in three Brisbane grand final winning sides and made 20 appearances for Queensland between 1989-99.

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