Reserves Head Coach Hardman to remain on England Women staff

Derek Hardman will remain as an England Women's Assistant Coach following the recent Rugby League World Cup!

The former St Helens Women Head Coach was an assistant during England Women’s Rugby League World Cup campaign last year and will stay on in the same role until at least 2025 under new Head Coach, Stuart Barrow.

Hardman will take on the role alongside his new job as Saints Reserves Head Coach, similarly to what he has done in the previous few years, as he led St Helens Women alongside assisting the national side under former Head Coach, Craig Richards.

England Rugby League today confirms that Shaun Wane (Men), Stuart Barrow (Women) and Tom Coyd (Wheelchair) will be the national teams’ head coaches through to the 2025 World Cup in France.

Wane took England’s Men to the semi-finals of RLWC 2021, where they were agonisingly beaten by Samoa in golden point extra-time at London’s Emirates Stadium.

England’s Women also suffered semi-final heartbreak at RLWC 2021 – Head of England Pathways Barrow is now tasked with taking the side one step further at RLWC 2025.

Barrow will be assisted by the Leeds Rhinos head coach and former England captain Lois Forsell, and Dec Hardman, who was the head coach of St Helens when they secured a Women’s Challenge Cup and Super League double in 2021.

Coyd guided England Wheelchair to a memorable World Cup Final victory over France last Autumn and will look to repeat the magic against the French on their home soil in 2025.

RFL Chair Simon Johnson: “I am delighted to confirm these appointments and I wish all three coaches every success – beginning with the Men’s and Women’s Mid-Season Internationals against France in April.

“The RFL Board received and considered at length a detailed review of the performance of each of the England teams at RLWC2021. No stone was left unturned in the review, which included submissions from coaches, players and staff alike. The report generated a good, robust and lengthy discussion at our February board meeting. We are confident that we have the right people in place.”

England’s Men and Women return to international action on Saturday 29 April for the first time since last year’s Rugby League World Cup – a double-header with France at Warrington which is the launchpad for a game-wide fundraising effort in aid of the MND Association.

5,000 people in the UK are living with MND, a progressive disease affecting the brain and the spinal cord for which there is currently no cure. England Rugby League kit partner Oxen, in associated with RL Commercial, will donate £10 from the sale of each England replica shirt to the MND Association, while £2.50 from every match ticket sold for the England v France internationals will also go to the charity.

Replica MND-themed shirts can be pre-ordered now at for delivery by the first week of April in advance of the England v France matches on Saturday 29th April. Tickets for the Men’s and Women’s international double-header at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium are available to buy online now from only £20 Adults and £10 Under 16s. For every ticket sold, £2.50 will be donated to the MND Association.

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