Great Britain head coach Wayne Bennett has resisted the temptation to go with the more experienced coach’s on offer and to bring in from overseas. he has instead names two young british Coach’s as his assistants for the upcoming Great Britain tour at the end of the season.
Salford and ex Wales international and joint record cap holder Ian Watson is joined by London Bronco’s head coach Danny Ward (pictured) who has earned plenty of praise from the way his side have performed in their first season back in super league, with wins over the top three super league sides, St Helens, Warrington and Catalan since they gained promotion last season.
Speaking at the announcement Watson who played 30 times for Wales between 1995 and 2011 to equal Jordan James on 30 caps;
“I was honoured to play so many times for Wales, and I'm delighted that the Great Britain team has been reformed, so it's a privilege to have this chance to be involved on the tour,” he said.
“There is a great history of Wales players and coaches being involved with the Rugby League Lions, and I'll also be representing Salford who have given me such a great coaching opportunity.”
When questioned about the appointments, RFL Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added;
“We are delighted to have Ian and Danny on board for the Great Britain tour. They both struck up an immediate rapport with Wayne Bennett at interviews last week.”
The tour will see Great Britain play four tests between October 26th and November 16th in the first tour of the southern Hemisphere since 2006. They will start in with a game in Hamilton against Tonga before moving on to play the New Zealand Kiwis twice in Auckland and Christchurch, finishing off with a game against Papua New Guinea on November 16th.
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