Paul Dillon officially an Eagle

Paul Dillon has a wealth of rugby knowledge, and it’s being put to good use at The Nest.

When the Eagles started preseason training just a few weeks ago it gave our head coach, Marco Caputo, great pleasure to announce his new 1st Grade attack coach in Dillon.

Paul has always been student of the game and comes to the Eagles eager to learn from the likes of Marco and Troy, and is enthusiastic about picking up some silverware in the meantime.

A St. Edmunds College alumnus, Dillon has gained his rugby ability and knowledge from the likes of University of Sydney, Waverly College, and St. Ignatius College.

More recently, Dillon coached the Queanbeyan Whites 1st Grade side for two years, the Waverley Rugby Club 1st Grade side for two years, and before that he led the Balmain Rugby Club to be the premiers of the Kentwell Cup.

Marco believes Paul will provide an exciting new dynamic to the Eagles attack, and is already excited by what he’s seen.

Caputo says “Paul has already been great for us, he’s fit right in to the coaching team and has some great ideas around our shape with the ball.

“He’s provided real clarity on how we can improve our ball movement, and he’s got a good understanding of the set piece. We were good at the set piece last season, and he’ll take us a step further this year no doubt”.

Dillon could be excused for easing himself in to his new coaching role at the Eagles, however, he says he’s keen to make the most of the opportunity.

Paul says “I’ve been made to feel really welcome, and it’s been great getting to know everyone at the club.

“I’m still fairly young as a coach so to have someone like Marco with his experience as a mentor is going to be great.

“I’ve been head coach of a few teams over the years, and I’m really pleased to have an opportunity to relax as an assistant to Marco where I can learn at the same time”

Paul comes in to the club as the attack coach, which plays right to his strengths as a former half-back himself.

“My focus will be continuing to improve what is already a great set piece. The foundation is there, and we’ll use that foundation to add some excitement in that area.

“I’ve been impressed with the clarity around our attack, and we’ll keep working on that along with our ball efficiency. We have some big players in the squad, some really talented halves and fast outside backs, if we get the ball moving quickly and into the right areas we’ll be hard to stop.”

What coffee will you order at The District? Just a flat white. I’m not as classy as Marco with his fancy coffees.

Where did you grow up? Canberra

Favourite sport other than rugby? NFL

What drink will you order from Cornerstone Pub? Any beer, I’m not fussed. I’m the worst drinker so leave me out of the boat races .

Who is the best player you played footy with? Ben White

What do you do for work? Remedial Massage

Favourite song? Gang of Youths – Blood (Like a Version Middle East cover)

Favourite movie? The Intouchables

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