David Griffiths (rugby league)

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David Griffiths is a former rugby player who turned coach in 1998, having been forced to retire early after being injured whilst playing Rugby Union Sevens in Hong Kong (1997).

As a Physical Education teacher, he contributed initially to developing youth rugby union and rugby league, coaching the NLD representative and school sides. He combined teaching with a return to professional rugby in 2001, coaching Hull Kingston Rovers (2002/2005), Bradford Bulls (2006/2007) and Doncaster (2008/2009).

During the same period he supported the development of Amateur University Rugby League and Union, supporting Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds University, and the Celtic Nations select side that defeated England 31-18 at Belle Vue Stadium. He also held the voluntary position; Director of RL Deutschland (2005–2010)[1][2] putting in place administrative and coaching resources that aided the development and growth of Rugby Union & League in Germany.[3]

The period 2006–2013 was successful for the school 1st XV (Mount St Mary's College) and the professional clubs David supported. Which led to him being head hunted to Loretto School, Scotland in 2013.

The move only enabled David to support the Bill McLaren Foundation Charity; the SRU (working with former Leeds Rhinos player Gary Mercer) as SRU National Selector, and in 2014/15 he completed his UKCC Level Three & UKCC Coach Educator Qualifications.

In 2015 David was recruited to a senior leadership post in Asia. Prior to taking the post David enabled St Bedes, a prep school that he supports, to return as the coaching hub for the Staffordshire county. This was later expanded to include support of the Scottish Exiles, and host venue for the annual coaching conference,[4] which in 2015 had New Zealand former player Zinzan Brook in attendance.

In September 2015 in addition to the senior leadership post in School (Asia), he was recruited to support the CRFA, initially as National Team Coach and then in an expanded role as Technical Advisor[5] in November 2015.


  1. ^ http://rugby-league.de/?q=Griffiths
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-23. Retrieved 2007-06-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Zinzan Brooke to open the SRU Coaching Conference 2015
  5. ^ China hosts inaugural National Youth 15’s tournament in Qingdao