Shaun Wane’s England assistant coaches confirmed

Drew Darbyshire

England coach Shaun Wane has appointed Andy Last and Paul Wellens as his assistants.

Wane planned to announce the appointments at a first gathering of players and staff at Old Trafford last month – but the meeting didn’t take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last and Wellens joined a webinar this week at which Wane addressed coaches and support staff of all teams in the England Performance Unit about ‘developing winning behaviour and standards’.

Last, 38, is currently the interim head coach of Hull FC having been appointed to take the reins following the departure of Lee Radford. Last gained senior international experience as a member of the Scotland coaching staff at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Wellens, 40, has been on the St Helens coaching staff since ending his playing career came to an end in 2015. He was a member of the England coaching staff for the 2017 World Cup and the home series win against New Zealand in 2018, before taking a break last year.

Wane said: “These are two important appointments for me, and I’m delighted to have Andy and Paul on board.

“They are both vastly experienced, and they are the sort of characters I want to have involved with my England set up.”

Jamie Peacock has stepped down as team manager after a couple of years working with the England and Great Britain teams. Peacock will be succeeded by Colin Maskill, who has worked in a number of roles in the game and also in logistics with the sportswear specialists ISC.

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