Ex-Rovers boss is appointed England Academy coach

Former Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Kelly. PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM.
Former Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Kelly. PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM.

Former Featherstone Rovers head coach Andy Kelly has been appointed coach of the England Academy team.

The appointment follows England’s 2014 autumn academy international series win against the Australian schoolboys.

He succeeds Richard Marshall, who has stepped down to focus on his role as coach of Kingstone Press Championship club Halifax.

Kelly, the head of youth at First Utility Super League club Huddersfield Giants, has also coached at Wakefield Trinity and Gateshead Thunder and was Ireland coach at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Kelly said: “It’s an absolute honour to be appointed as England Academy coach. It is a role that comes with a great deal of responsibility. Richard Marshall did a great job in last year’s series against Australia so the bar is set and we need to push on again.

“My tenure will begin with time spent looking at the performances against Australia and getting some good insight into the culture of the Academy players in their own club environment. We need to build a squad with the skills, resilience and toughness to consistently compete.

“Players are moving into a new era of Academy Player Development and the demands to develop better quality athletes has never been greater. I believe in a bright future for Academy Rugby League at both domestic and international level.”