Phil is a husband and father of 4. Educated at Marist Brothers College Ashgrove Brisbane. Phil is from a very sporting family, his father Jack played for Souths and Queensland. His cousin Mick played for Australia, another cousin Tom played Test Cricket for Australia. He's also the brother of Greg Veivers who captained Australia at rugby league.
Growing up, he spent two years living with his sister and husband, Wayne Bennett. Who also was a Rugby coach, and his coaching was second to none. Wayne read a lot of books, Autobiographies mainly which got Phil into reading. The first book that he read was by a guy called Bill Walsh, who was an American football coach, called Finding the Winning Edge. Phil says “This had a major impact on how I looked after people—looking after my players when I was coaching them”.
Phil moved to England in 1984, Where he started his Rugby career. Starting at St.Helens with a player you might remember Mal Meninga, who is in the rugby league Hall of Fame. Mal returned home, and Phil Stayed here to have a sterling career. Going on to Play for Huddersfield and Swinton in the UK and also Souths in Australia.
He also represented Scotland in 1997 against France, he was able to play for Scotland as his Grandfather was born there but later emigrated to Australia. He was also part of the coaching set up for the Exiles. Phil not only played Rugby but went on to coach at Huddersfield, Bradford, Wigan, Salford, Workington.
After rugby & Coaching, Phil has continued to achieve great success. Now as an NVQ Assessor & Tutor, State of Mind ambassador, Assistant manager at FIT UK, Director of Inspire Talks Match, and on the review panel for the RFL, to name a few. Phil is now a Keynote Speaker at the company PJ VEIVERS Ltd. He has over 20 years of leading, coaching, managing and motivating people for common goals to gain success.
Take a listen to Phils fantastic story here on The Pig Wrestling Podcast.
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