Adam Cuthbertson steps down from role as Leeds women’s coach

Drew Darbyshire

Lois Forsell will take over the coaching reins from Adam Cuthbertson at Leeds women.

Former England international Forsell, 28, was forced to retire from the game last season due to a knee injury and will now coach the Rhinos as she replaces Cuthbertson as head coach.

Forsell said: “First and foremost, I would like to say a massive thank you to Adam Cuthbertson for everything he has done for the team since our formation.

“The work he has done, alongside Leon Crick, Anthony and David Gibbons, has set the standard for where this team needs to be in the future.

“I would like to thank Kevin Sinfield and the club for giving me this opportunity and I am very excited about what this group of players can achieve.

“The game continues to grow here in England with the World Cup on these shores in 2021 and I think every team will be stronger this season as the standards for the game continue to climb.”

In his time as coach of Leeds women, Cuthbertson led the Rhinos to one Super League title, one League Leaders’ Shield and two Challenge Cups.

Cuthbertson commented: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to coach this team.

“As a group they have come so far in such a short space of time and I know they have inspired the next generation of young players in Leeds to follow in their footsteps.

“I will remain their biggest supporter and wish Lois all the best. As a captain, she was our leader on the field and I am sure she will bring the same knowledge and passion to the role of head coach.”

The Rhinos begin the defence of their title on March 29 against rivals Bradford.

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