Spain head coach steps down

James Gordon

Darren Fisher has stood down as head coach of the Spain national team following six years in charge.

Fisher took charge of their first ever men’s international in 2014, a 12-10 win over Belgium and led them to victory in 2015’s European Championship C.

Last month, they took part in World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Italy, failing to progress to the finals.

He said: “It’s been a rollercoaster with plenty of emotional days. We started rugby league in a new nation and at the beginning didn’t even have a ball.

“I’m very proud of what we have achieved and my greatest satisfaction is knowing this sport has changed people’s lives for the better.

“During my time I’ve delivered in schools, run coaching clinics throughout the country and coached the youth team. I gave my all into making sure that the foundations were properly built and now my successor can take it to the next level.

“I’ve had a fantastic journey and met lots of wonderful people. I’d to thank all the players, staff and everyone involved in Spain Rugby League and wish them the very best for the future.”

Also resigning is sports director Aitor Davila.

Chris Thair, RLEF general manager added: “Darren leaves a great legacy in Spain having been at the helm for 19 internationals.

“He has moved them through the tiers of competition in Europe and undertaken a great deal of sacrifice to achieve that.

“The RLEF wishes to place on record our thanks to Darren for his time, dedication and considerable skill and I’m sure this won’t be last we see of him in the sport.”