The NSW Waratahs have appointed Ben Serpell as their new Head of Performance for 2021, with Cam Dyer also joining the organisation as Head Physiotherapist.
Most recently at the Australian Institute of Sport working with national teams and individual athletes, Serpell boasts experience in sport throughout Australia and the world.
His career includes an extended stint at the Brumbies, as well as time at Port Adelaide Football Club and Gloucester Rugby.
Serpell has also consulted to a range of individuals across Australian sport, most notably Australian Women’s cricketer, Elyse Perry.
NSWRU General Manager of Rugby, Tim Rapp said that Serpell would take up a newly formed position following the departure of Anthony Cutrupi.
“At the completion of any season, you review your internal operations and see what can be improved in line with your high-performance objectives,” Rapp said.
“Bringing in someone with the variety of Ben’s experience is a huge benefit to our program and we felt he was well-placed to take on a more significant role to manage our squad’s strength, conditioning and medical requirements for 2021.
“Ben comes highly recommended from not just within rugby, but across Australian sport. We feel he’s the right person to take the physicality of our squad to the next level.
“We’ve worked closely with Rugby Australia in relation to Ben’s appointment to ensure it aligns with the National High Performance Agreement.”
Serpell said he was excited to return to rugby in a revamped role at the Waratahs.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of what Rob and Tim are trying to build here in New South Wales,” Serpell said.
“We’ve got an exciting, young group of athletes who I’m looking forward to working with when they return to training next week.
“We’ll be implementing a range of new elements to our program in the pre-season, with a focus on facilitating leadership development within the group and building a strong team culture under Rob’s guidance.”
Serpell will be joined by Cameron Dyer, who replaces the outgoing Shane Kertanegara who departs the Waratahs after almost 10 years.
Dyer arrives in Daceyville from the Australian Men’s and Women’s 7’s program, following a stint with the Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL.
Rapp said that Dyer arrives with the necessary experience to manage the challenges a Super Rugby season presents.
“Cameron has spent the majority of his career in rugby and rugby league, the experience we need in that role given the physicality of Super Rugby,” Rapp said.
“He has some big shoes to fill following Shane’s departure, but he’ll benefit immensely from working with someone of Ben’s experience as he embeds himself into the role.
“We’re really excited to have Cameron on board and look forward to what he can contribute to the program.”
Corey Bocking returns as the Waratahs as a Strength and Conditioner, while Daniella Thrassis returns as Assistant Physiotherapist.
NSW Waratahs Performance Team:
Head of Performance: Ben Serpell
Strength and Conditioner: Corey Bocking
Head Physiotherapist: Cameron Dyer
Assistant Physiotherapist: Daniella Thrassis
Sports Science: Ben McIntosh
Academy Physiotherapist: Emily Leys