Paul Anderson has new role to help England win World Cup

Drew Darbyshire
Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson has left his role as Warrington’s academy coach to become head of England talent pathways with the Rugby Football League.

The 50-year-old will continue as head coach of the England Knights, a position he has been in since 2018.

Anderson, a former Great Britain international, spent four seasons as Huddersfield head coach between 2013-16. He helped the Giants clinch the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013.

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On his new role, Anderson said: “My job is simply to help England win a World Cup. I genuinely believe this is something we can achieve in 2022.

“Beyond this, it will be achieved through a connected pathway from academy to Knights, then on to Shaun Wane and his senior team.

“I would like to thank Warrington Wolves and Peter Riding for giving me the opportunity to work with a lot of good people and to coach the next generation of Wire players over the last three years; this is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and will look back on with great memories.”

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Stuart Barrow will take up a similar role with England women. He has previously worked with the RFL as women’s and girls national talent manager; and also has coaching experience with Bradford and Castleford.

RFL chief on-field officer Dave Rotheram said: “These are two key roles in the evolution of the male and female talent and performance pathways to build on the work already being done; with an eye to building towards future World Cups.

“As well as playing a significant role within the England teams; a key feature of these roles will to be offer support to coaches at the front line of coaching within club academies and the Betfred Women’s Super League.”

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