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Steve Antonelli Joins as NSW Cup Coach

Former Raiders and Bulldogs Assistant Coach and Mounties Head Coach, Steve Antonelli, will be joining the Rabbitohs as Head Coach of the NSW Cup squad for Season 2021.

Antonelli brings with him vast experience in coaching at the NSW Cup and Pathways level, as well as recently being part of the Bulldogs’ and Raiders’ NRL coaching teams as an NRL Assistant Coach.

Steve has been involved in Rugby League for over 35 years as a player and coach. He coached Mounties, the feeder club to the Canberra Raiders, in the NSW Cup between 2013 and 2017, winning two minor premierships, as well as being part of Ricky Stuart’s NRL coaching team as an Assistant Coach at the Raiders between 2014 and 2017.

In 2018, he moved to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with Head Coach Dean Pay to take up a Senior Assistant Coaching role at Belmore, spending three years with the Bulldogs’ NRL set up.

Rabbitohs Head of Football, Mark Ellison, said the players and staff are looking forward to welcoming Steve to the Club.

“Steve is a highly-experienced coach with a passion for the game, particular at the Pathways levels with a focus on developing players to play in the NRL,” Mr Ellison said.

“He has worked with some of our players previously and he is well respected right throughout the game.

“We have some exciting young players coming through the ranks and Steve will have the opportunity to work with them and prepare them for a first grade debut. That is his focus and we’re looking forward to working with him to bring through the next wave of Rabbitohs at our Club.”


  • Name: Steve Antonelli
  • Position: Head Coach – NSW Coach
  • Coaching Record: Senior NRL Assistant Coach – Bulldogs (2018-20), NRL Assistant Coach – Raiders (2014-17), Head Coach NSW Cup – Mounties (2013-17)
  • Playing Record: First grade squad – Western Suburbs Magpies (1988-90), Five first grade games for Penrith Panthers (1985-88), NSW under 18s (1985), City under 18s (1985), Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union (1984), Australian Schoolboys under 17s Rugby Union (1983)
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