Sheens at the helm for Kangaroos at RLWC2013
While preparing Australia for Rugby League World Cup 2013, Sheens will also assist with the national high performance program. He has accepted the new role for a 12-month term that could see Australia play up to seven games if they make the Rugby League World Cup Final in November 2013.
During his time as coach of the Australian Kangaroos the team has played in 18 matches with only one loss in the 2010 final of the Four Nations in Brisbane, but reclaiming the World Cup trophy that the Kangaroos lost to New Zealand in 2008 is his priority.
“The Kangaroos have a proud history in the World Cup winning nine of the 13 tournaments ever contested, so bringing the 2013 trophy home from the UK is my key focus,” Sheens said. “However, I am also very excited about the opportunity to have input into the national high performance program and the pathways for our future Kangaroos.”
NRL General Manager of League Integration and Game Development, Mr Andrew Hill said: “The new structure is part of the ARL Commission’s commitment to growing international football and the brand of the Australian Kangaroos.
“In the past the Australian coach did the same as the players and just turned up in camp. Now he will be able to help increase the profile of the Kangaroos which is important in a World Cup year. While the position is not full-time, Tim will also play a greater role in helping develop pathways for our Junior Kangaroos, Australian Schoolboys and emerging Origin teams.”
United players help celebrate one year to RLWC2013 final
The Early Bird offer is a perfect Christmas Present. Fans buying a ticket for The Rugby League World Cup Final receive a £5 discount on every ticket and a RLWC2013 beanie which will be delivered in time for Christmas.
The Rugby League World Cup Final takes place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United on November 30 2013. Senior United players and Rugby League fans Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney took time out from training this week to show their support by being photographed with the Rugby League World Cup trophy.
RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said: “Old Trafford is a fantastic venue and one of the reasons that the final is selling so well, even with one year to go.
So well in fact, that if sales continue as they have been, the remaining 10,000 ‘Early Bird’ tickets will go before the December 17 deadline, so fans wanting be at the final really should buy now.”
RLWC2013 Ticketing Manager, Kevan Williams added: “We have been really busy selling tickets every day since they went on sale. We’ve sold tickets across the country and worldwide. Only 31% of sales have been in Super League towns and cities and we’ve had fans as far away as Australia, Russia, the USA and even Japan buying tickets.”
Liam Finn to lead Ireland at RLWC2013
Coach Mark Aston has confirmed half back Finn, who was named Player of the Year in the English Championship recently after a sensational season for Featherstone Rovers will captain the Wolfhounds at the tournament.
Liam said: “I’m delighted, this is a massive honour, and I can’t wait to get going – obviously we are 12 months away but it gives us time to think about it and plan, and plenty of time to keep getting more excited and to prepare as well as we can.”
Aston also confirmed that Warrington Wolves’ Tyrone McCarthy would be the vice-captain for RLWC2013, completing a great season for the loose forward, who picked up a much-coveted Carnegie Challenge Cup winners medal in the summer.
Following the appointments, Aston said: “Since I got involved with the team just over 12 months ago Liam has been outstanding as a bloke and as a leader, and I am highly delighted that he has accepted the role and will be taking us into RLWC2013. He’s a very committed, outstanding individual and outstanding player.
“He is supported by another young man that is making his way in the game with Warrington Wolves, Tyrone McCarthy, who again epitomises what we want Ireland to look like and what we want them to be – 100% committed, 100% passionate about making Ireland a very successful rugby league country.”
Tyrone McCarthy said: “This is a massive and proud moment for me. It’s a great pleasure to even be picked for Ireland, and to be asked to be one of the leaders in the team is a big occasion for me.”
24-year-old McCarthy, also said he was pleased with what has been an almost breakthrough season with the Super League Grand Finalists, saying: “It’s probably a bit more special to get a Challenge Cup medal this year because I’ve been more involved, I played about 20-odd games, and hopefully that will leave me with more experience leading into next year.”