McNamara stays as England Coach

Date published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The RFL has reached an agreement with Steve McNamara that will see him continue as head coach of the England team.

McNamara will remain as England boss in a part-time capacity and will combine the role with that of assistant coach at Australian club Sydney Roosters, where he will work alongside former Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “Steve will continue as England coach into 2014 when we will be looking to build on the advances seen over the last four years.

“We have made considerable progress internationally over the past four years and this arrangement provides stability and continuity.

“It also allows Steve and the England coaching staff to continue working towards our goal of achieving the international success we so narrowly missed out on in the World Cup.

“The systems and structures that have been put in place during Steve’s tenure as England coach have put Rugby League in this country in a good place and this move will ensure that we continue to make progress.

“Steve can also realise his own desire to return to club coaching and I am sure his involvement with Sydney Roosters will have a positive impact on his own career development.”

England’s next scheduled fixtures will take place in the 2014 Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand next autumn when McNamara believes both he and the national team will be perfectly prepared.

“I thank the RFL Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity to carry on working with an outstanding group of players whom I firmly believe are on the verge of achieving sustained success,” said McNamara.

“I have a great team around me within the England camp and the RFL Performance Department and I will be maintaining regular contact with them all, as well as all the Elite Training Squad players, following my move to Australia.

“I am going to miss rubbing shoulders with the fantastic RFL staff that I have been privileged to work with over the last four years: I’m indebted to them for their friendship and support.

“It’s always been an ambition of mine to coach in the NRL and the chance to work with the NRL champions is something that doesn’t come along very often.”