COACHES | John Lang

125 matches [2002-2006]

65 wins, 60 losses


Former Australian Test hooker who had been the Cronulla coach from 1994 to 2001.

He took charge of a squad from Royce Simmons who had been the 2001 wooden spooners, and provided marginally better returns in 2002.

However, his second season ended with the Panthers sensationally winning their second premiership, as he successfully blended a mix of youth and experience.

Penrith reached one game short of a second straight grand final in 2004, before showing glimpses of form in 2005 and 2006, but ultimately finishing outside the top 8.

To his credit, he was able to perform his job in his final season admirably despite being told his services would not be required for 2007 before the premiership season even begun.

He later had a two season stint at South Sydney. 

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