Ireland role for Rovers coach Sheridan

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers assistant coach Ryan Sheridan (pictured) has been appointed assistant coach to Mark Aston for Ireland’s national RL team as they start their preparation for the World Cup in 2013.

Sheridan said: “It’s a great honour to be given the opportunity by Mark Aston and Ireland to be involved with the national team.

“I played for Ireland in 2000 World Cup in Australia and this appointment is a proud moment for my family and me. I look forward to working with Mark and developing the national side and would like to thank Mark and Rugby League Ireland for their faith in me.”

Aston said: “I’m delighted that Ryan has agreed to join the coaching staff of the Irish national side. I’ve known Ryan for a long time and aware of his attributes as a coach. I’ve spoken to Daryl Powell and also captain Liam Finn who can’t speak highly enough of Ryan. I’m looking forward to working with Ryan as we prepare for the World Cup next year.”

Rovers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Ryan has been an integral part of our development as a team over the past four years and I am delighted he has this opportunity to be a part of an international set up. I have no doubt the Irish players will benefit significantly from his knowledge and coaching application.”

Ireland will compete in the 2013 World Cup hosted in England and Wales and have been drawn in Group A alongside England, Australia and Fiji.