Tony Smith is new Hull KR coach

Hull KR have appointed former Warrington and England coach Tony Smith as Tim Sheens’ successor.

Smith, 52, has been out of the game since leaving the Wolves at the end of the 2017 campaign and will take up the role initially until the end of the season.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity for myself to get back in and start coaching again.

“I’ve had a good break and I’m very excited to be working with the talent available at Rovers.

“I’m keen to get on board with the players and understand where they’re at and see where I can help them. It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for myself but I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

Smith won three Challenge Cups in an eight-year stint at Warrington, as well as reaching three Super League Grand Finals.

His first coaching job in this country was at Huddersfield, before a spell at Leeds and then as national team coach.

Hull KR currently sit second bottom of Super League and decided to part company with Australian Sheens earlier this week, after two and a half years in charge.