Dual role for McNamara


Dual role for McNamara

England head coach Steve McNamara is to take up a position with Australian champions Sydney Roosters but retain his post with the national side on a part-time basis.

The Rugby Football League has announced the unusual dual arrangement following recent speculation over McNamara's future.

McNamara's previous full-time contract with the RFL ended after the World Cup concluded last month.

The 42-year-old former Bradford Bulls boss did express a desire to continue with England but had also been linked with this Roosters coaching role as well as a cross-code move to Bath.

Now it is confirmed McNamara will join the Roosters, working as assistant to former Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson, before linking up with England during next year's international window.

McNamara said: "I would like to thank the RFL board of directors for giving me this opportunity to carry on working with an outstanding group of players who I firmly believe are on the verge of achieving sustained success.

"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.

"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.

"I have a great relationship with Trent Robinson and am looking forward to working alongside him and the rest of the Roosters staff in what is a very exciting chapter in my career."

There has been no confirmation as to how long this arrangement will continue.

England are not yet scheduled to play again until the 2014 Four Nations tournament in Australia and New Zealand at the end of next season.

McNamara's move may take him away from the majority of England players during the regular season, but he will at least be closer to a small but growing group playing down under.

Star full-back Sam Tomkins is joining New Zealand Warriors next year, adding to a strong core of Englishmen Down Under that includes Gareth Widdop, James Graham and Burgess brothers Sam, George, Luke and Tom.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "It gives me great pleasure to confirm that Steve has agreed to 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 Rugby League World Cup 2013.

"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."

McNamara was said to have had the best-prepared England squad ever for this year's World Cup after being given increased resources and greater time with players during his tenure.

The campaign was overshadowed by off-field disciplinary issues in the early stages but England only missed out on a place in the final when they conceded a last-minute try to New Zealand in a classic semi-final.

Roosters coach Robinson said: "I have a lot of respect for the work Steve has put in to developing England's players and squad and I'm pleased to have him joining our staff.

"I have known Steve for a long time and he will do a great job rounding out our team alongside Jason Taylor and Craig Fitzgibbon.

"Steve is a coach with huge integrity and I'm looking forward to him applying his knowledge and contributing to our development at the Sydney Roosters in 2014."

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