Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Seibold Appointed Rabbitohs Coach DREAM REALISED; Rocky Coach Takes Reins at South Sydney Rabbitohs

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Seibold Appointed Rabbitohs Coach DREAM REALISED; Rocky Coach Takes Reins at South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Byline: Pam McKay pam.mckay@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rockhampton's Damien Seibold is a devoted Parramatta Eels supporter but he admits he'll now have two favourite NRL teams after his older brother Anthony was appointed head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Souths yesterday announced Anthony's appointment as head coach for the next two seasons after confirming 2014 premiership-winning coach, Michael Maguire, had left the club "by mutual consent" on Tuesday night.

It is the first NRL head coaching appointment for 42-year-old Anthony, who was the club's assistant coach this year.

Damien (pictured) said the Seibold family was very excited and proud, and the appointment was a childhood dream realised for his brother.

"Anthony's done a lot of hard work over the years and he certainly deserves it," he said.

"When we were kids, he always had that dream of being involved (in rugby league) at the highest level, in whatever way.

"To see him achieve that goal is very special."

Anthony was involved with rugby league from a young age and played his junior footy with Rockhampton Brothers and St Brendan's College before he graduated to the Brisbane Broncos.

His playing career also involved stints with the Canberra Raiders, the Hull Kingston Rovers and the London Broncos.

Damien remembers Anthony's first coaching opportunity came when he was urged by John Dixon, his then coach at the Toowoomba Clydesdales, to join him on the coaching staff at the Celtic Crusaders in Wales.

Anthony made the move, spending three years with the club, and the two men were instrumental in having the Crusaders promoted to the Super League.

In 2010, Anthony was awarded the UK Coach of the Year award for his work with the South Wales Scorpions before returning home to coach the Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup for two years. …

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