8th April 2018, 12:32
Phil Joseph appointed to Wales under 19 Staff
Another new appointment for a former Wales international.
Former Wales vice-captain Phil Joseph has been appointed to the staff of the Wales under 19 side who will be competing in the European Championships this summer.
Joseph, who won 15 caps for Wales as heritage #428 retired from rugby league last year after a long player career turning out for Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Salford Red Devils, Bradford Bulls, Widnes Vikings, Swinton Lions, Halifax, Oldham, Whitehaven, North Wales Crusaders and Workington Town.
The 33-year old now has his own business “System Deep” specialising in deep tissue massage, injury management and rehabilitation. He is also on the way to become a fully qualified physiotherapist.
Joseph is delighted to be linking up again with his former Wales team-mate, Anthony Walker, who was appointed as the new head coach of the Wales under 19s last month.
He said: “Wales Rugby League’ CEO Chris Thair has been following my progress in my business for a while. When I first came back to play for Wales in 2015, I was studying all of this is preparation for retiring from playing and since then he's been watching my business grow.
“Then when Ant got announced as head coach, Chris approached me and said it would be a great opportunity for me.
“Naturally I jumped at the chance. I know the international dressing room environment and I’m used to being around the team structure.
“So far I’ve been helping individual sportspeople like boxers, horse riders and footballers. This is my first professional sports team and I can’t wait to get started.”
The 2018 Under 19s European Championship will be contested in Belgrade, Serbia between the 5th and 11th of August with Wales taking on Russia in the first round of the eight-team knockout tournament.
Trial and training dates for the Wales under 19 side will be announced shortly.