Martin Gleeson joins England rugby union coaching staff

Former Great Britain international Martin Gleeson has joined England rugby union team as an attacking coach.

The 41-year-old joins England from Wasps where he has been in charge of the attack since 2019.

Gleeson, who won two Super League titles, starts work with England on Monday.

Jones said: “We are building a coaching team to win the 2023 World Cup. We have five campaigns to go before then so every appointment from here on in is very important.

“We’re starting with Martin as attack coach. He’s a bright young rugby coach with experience at the highest level in league, so he will add significant power to the team.

“He’s done extremely well with Wasps and he will come in and build on the good work that Simon Amor started with us. I look forward to welcoming him to the coaching team.”

Gleeson said: “As a player you always want to represent your country at the highest level and it’s no difference for a coach. This is something I have strived for and coaching England is the pinnacle.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Wasps for my time there, in particular Lee Blackett who took me under his wing after coming from rugby league and has supported me in taking this opportunity.

‘Now I’m looking forward to working with Eddie, the staff and some of the best players in the world, helping them in their development and achieving their ultimate goals.”

Gleeson has made more than 300 appearances during his career for Huddersfield, St Helens, Warrington, Wigan, Hull and Salford.

He won 26 international caps for Great Britain and England in rugby league. Gleeson was also named in the Super League Dream Team in 2002 and 2005.

Gleeson played in three Tri-Nations tournaments for Great Britain and won the Challenge Cup with St Helens in 2004. He also captained Salford later on in his playing career.

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  1. Hey Martin…tell the upper class idiots to stop kicking the ball straight out of play all the time!!!

    Tell em to pass the damned ball.

  2. Hey Martin part 2…yesterday I actually tried to watch that South Africa vs Lions third test.

    Martin.You have to get these fools to PASS THE BALL TO THE BACKS at some point as watching that today was absolute dog shit.Just terrible.

    After what I saw today,its a wonder that financial institutions,governments,elite universities and private high schools take part in this sport.Because its so bad to watch,without them it would be the pursuit of a handful of people.

    • That’s really unfair, that comparison puts dog shit in a really bad light, it’s bad, but it’s not Rugby Union bad. Union is a great cure for my insomnia. How long do scrums take to set there? I timed one in a game between Australia and South Africa a few years ago, it took the over seven minutes to play a single scrum, seven minutes, then it ended in some obscure technical infraction, so they kicked it into touch. My ex wife once asked “Is Rugby Union for players not good enough, or too old, to play Rugby League?”,

  3. Couldn’t agree more we have watched all 3 tests ( I know, we need counselling)!! you live in hope that at some point in 80 minutes (or in RU 100minutes)!! that the penny would drop and some form of back play would take place.We would be happy with running forwards but no, apparently 1-15 don’t do running😂

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