Former Castleford boss on way back to England

Terry Matterson.
Terry Matterson.

Former Castleford Tigers head coach Terry Matterson is heading back to England when he will be in charge of the USA side in the World Cup.

The 46-year-old Australian, who had six seasons with the Tigers and is now assistant coach at North Queensland Cowboys, took over the Tomahawks after Brian Smith stepped down because of a pressing family engagement.

“This is a really good opportunity and I know how good the experience was for Matt Elliott,” said Matterson, who left Cas at the end of the 2011 season.

“This will be a fantastic chance for myself and the players in helping to spread the gospel of rugby league and perhaps even shock a few people. I’m thrilled to accept the job.”

The Tomahawks are due to play a warm-up match against France in Toulouse on October 18, before taking on the Cook Islands in the first of their three World Cup group matches on October 30.

The USA squad includes Ryan McGoldrick, who played under Matterson at Cas and has just been released by Salford.