Shaun Wane extends England contract as Wheelchair and Women head coaches confirmed

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Shaun Wane will lead England Men through to the 2025 World Cup in France after signing a new contract.

Tom Coyd will once again take charge of the Wheelchair team following their 2021 World Cup victory.

Wane, 58, was appointed as the international side’s boss in 2020 on an initial two-year deal. His first competitive match came a year later against Combined Nations All Stars in the 26-24 defeat in Warrington.

He guided England to the semi-finals of the delayed 2021 World Cup on home soil, suffering a heartbreak loss to Samoa in golden point extra time.

Stuart Barrow has been appointed as England Women’s new head coach through to the 2025 tournament. Craig Richards stepped down from his role as head coach following their World Cup exit in the semi-finals.

Coyd guided England Wheelchair to a memorable World Cup final, defeating France 28-24 in front of a crowd of 4,526 in Manchester.

Shaun Wane to lead England Men once again

RFL chair Simon Johnson: “I am delighted to confirm these appointments and I wish all three coaches every success – beginning with the Men’s and Women’s mid-season internationals against France in April.

“The RFL board received and considered at length a detailed review of the performance of each of the England teams at RLWC2021.

“No stone was left unturned in the review, which included submissions from coaches, players and staff alike.

“The report generated a good, robust and lengthy discussion at our February board meeting. We are confident that we have the right people in place.”

France will host the 17th Rugby League World Cup in 2025. And for the first time ever, it will bring together four competitions – men, women, wheelchair and youth.

128 matches will be held across 40 venues for five weeks from early October to mid-November in 2025.

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