Ben Flower to stay involved in rugby league as a coach

Ben Flower playing for Wigan Warriors
Ben Flower in action for Wigan
Former Wigan and Wales prop Ben Flower has joined the coaching staff of League 1 club West Wales Raiders.The 33-year-old Ben Flower, who won three Super League Grand Finals during his nine years with the Warriors, hung up his boots at the end of the 2021 season, which he spent with Leigh.

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He will now cut his coaching teeth with the Raiders, who finished bottom of the professional game’s pyramid in 2021.

Flower said: “I can’t wait to get involved with the Raiders. The club has the same outlook on how big rugby league can be in Wales and I want to be involved in it.

“I am living proof that a Welsh player can play at the top and I think there are so many more out there that can do the same.

“With my new position at the Raiders, I feel we can do something special in growing the game both on and off the pitch.”

Raiders delighted to welcome Ben Flower

Flower is the latest big-name recruit for the Llanelli-based club, who last year signed former Wales and British Lions fly-half Gavin Henson, although he only played one game for them.

Raiders part owner Peter Tiffin said: “I am really pleased that Ben has joined us here at the Raiders.

“His knowledge of the game will be so valuable as he has played at the top of the game for so many years.

“Ben has so many fantastic ideas to grow the club further and wants the club to achieve much more on the pitch. His appointment is exactly the right fit in the direction of the club’s plans.”

The Raiders started the 2021 League 1 season with a half-back partnership of Henson and former Man of Steel Rangi Chase. Henson’s only game for West Wales came in their Challenge Cup defeat to Widnes, whilst Chase moved to Rochdale midway through the season.

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