Powell lands England job

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers boss Daryl Powell has been appointed as assistant to England head coach Steve McNamara.

Former international player Powell (pictured) won 33 caps for Great Britain and was head coach of Leeds Rhinos and had a spell with rugby union side Leeds Carnegie before joining Featherstone.

He will work alongside McNamara and his other assistant James Lowes ahead of the end-of-season Four Nations.

Powell said: “I’m delighted to be asked to do this job by Steve McNamara. I’ve spent a fair bit of time going through things to make sure my England role fits in with my work at Rovers.

“It’s great for Rovers to be associated closely with the top level of the sport and it in no way affects my commitment to Rovers, the coaching staff and the players that I work with.”

Rovers chairman Mark Campbell said: “Daryl’s appointment highlights what is happening at this club and the standards we set.

“Daryl and his coaching staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve and instil those standards. It means that Daryl will have to work even harder now because he still has a vital contribution to make towards what we want to achieve. I know this won’t be a problem for him.

“He has the drive, ability and belief to raise our standards even higher as well as doing a fine job for the England set up. It will also be useful to us to have links with that set up.”

McNamara added: “Daryl has a wealth of experience and I was delighted when he agreed to join us for what promises to be a very exciting period for international rugby league.

“As a player, Daryl was a model professional and he has carried that integrity across to his coaching career. I’m sure all the players involved in the England programme will benefit from his vast knowledge.”

Powell will join McNamara, the rest of the England backroom staff and the 32-strong elite training squad on Sunday when they meet for a two-day camp at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.