Former Wigan threequarter Tony Iro has become assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.
Iro, who played 25 Kiwi tests and was at Wigan between 1987 and 1989, has left his role as New Zealand Rugby League high performance general manager to take up the position at the Warriors.
“Tony has done an incredible job for us and really taken our high performance programme to another level since arriving almost two years ago,” said NZRL chief executive Phil Holden.
“But while he has proven himself to be a very capable administrator, coaching is his true passion and we completely support him as he pursues his dream.
“Tony is also a great guy and personifies the values that we’re trying to establish in our organisation.
“He will be missed terribly by his colleagues and our challenge now is to find someone to continue the great work he has done here.”
Iro remains committed to NZRL until this year’s Four Nations tournament is over. The NZRL is now searching for a replacement.