Lee Briers

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Lee Briers
Lee Briers Warrington Wolves.jpg
Personal information
Full nameLee Paul Briers[1]
Born (1978-06-14) 14 June 1978 (age 40)
St. Helens, England
Playing information
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Weight13 st 1 lb (83 kg)
PositionScrum-half, Stand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997 St. Helens 6 1 24 0 52
1998–13 Warrington Wolves 425 154 948 74 2586
Total 431 155 972 74 2638
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–11 Wales 23 9 29 6 100
2001 Great Britain 1 0 1 0 6
2001–02 Lancashire 2 0 0 0 0
Source: [3][4]

Lee Paul Briers (born 14 June 1978), is a British former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. A Great Britain and Wales international representative stand-off or scrum-half, he played in the European Super League for English clubs St. Helens, and the Warrington Wolves (with whom he won three Challenge Cup finals).[3][4]

St Helens[edit]

Briers started his career with hometown club St. Helens, and he made his début in 1997 at the age of 18, standing in for suspended captain Bobbie Goulding. He made six appearances for the club, scoring one try and 24 goals, with his performances helping Saints to reach the 1997 Challenge Cup Final. Briers was dropped following the return of Goulding to the starting lineup, and learned that he might not even be included in the squad for the upcoming Challenge Cup final.[5] Seeking regular first-team football, he joined Warrington Wolves in April 1997 for a fee of £65,000.[6]

Warrington[edit]

Briers made an instant impact at his new club. His presence as a scrum-half added an attacking edge to the Warrington team and he was nominated for Young Player of the Year in his first season at Wilderspool Stadium. Having made his Wales début in 1998, Briers went on to make 23 appearances for his country and featured in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Briers was capped by Great Britain against France in their 42-12 win on 26 October 2001. Briers went on to become the primary playmaker of the Warrington team, and was named as captain in 2003. During that time Briers became well known for his excellent kicking skills and his ability to successfully convert drop goals. He currently holds the Super League record, and jointly Warrington all-time record (with Paul Bishop), for the most drop goals in a game (5 against Halifax at the Shay in 2002).

Briers' Testimonial match at Warrington took place in 2007 and he stepped down as captain at the end of the season. Following the Wales team's failure to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, Briers announced his international retirement. Briers played for Warrington in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over Leeds, in the latter of which he won the Lance Todd Trophy for his performance[7] Briers came out of international retirement to represent Wales in the 2010 European Cup, and captained the side to victory in the tournament. He went on to captain Wales in the 2011 Four Nations, before once again retiring from international rugby league at the tournament's end.[8]

The 2011 Super League season was Briers' 14th. During this season he broke a number of club records including top all-time points scorer, having overtaken club greats Brian Bevan, and Steve Hesford. He broke the record during a Challenge Cup home 112–0 demolition of Swinton.[9] This match also saw Briers break his own club record for points in a match (set 11 years earlier against York), with 44 points, from 16 goals and three tries. In 2012, with the goal to make Warrington Wolves a lasting legacy, Lee and the team went on to win the Challenge Cup Trophy for a third time. In 2013, during the second match of the season against Wigan Warriors, Lee suffered a neck injury which saw the Warrington ace out for 13 games. He returned for a Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Salford City Reds in which he made not only a try scoring return but also kicked his 1,000th career goal.

In November 2013, although Briers had a year remaining on his contract, he announced his retirement due to a neck injury. He played 425 games for Warrington, scoring a club record 2,586 points.[10] Shortly before announcing his retirement, Briers released his autobiography, Off the Cuff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Lee Briers". warringtonwolves.org. Warrington Wolves. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ de la Rivière, Richard (28 December 2010). "Lee Briers". WordPress. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  6. ^ Hadfield, Dave. "Briers signs for Warrington". The Independent. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Leeds 6–30 Warrington". BBC. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Briers announces international retirement". bbc.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Warrington 112–0 Swinton". Guardian. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Lee Briers: Warrington Wolves half-back announces retirement". BBC Sport. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

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