England coach Shaun Wane has returned to Wigan in a “management” position to go a reshuffled backroom crew of latest head coach Matty Peet and assistants Sean O’Loughlin and Lee Briers.
Wane led Wigan to 3 Tremendous League titles, a Problem Cup and World Membership Problem triumph earlier than his 2018 exit.
He has had only one recreation with England due to Covid, a postponed World Cup and a cancelled Australia Check collection.
Peet and O’Loughlin are promoted from inside, whereas Briers is a brand new arrival.
The teaching crew has been put collectively to succeed former Warriors participant Adrian Lam, who left after two seasons in cost on the finish of Wigan’s 2021 marketing campaign.
“This position presents me with an thrilling new problem,” mentioned Wane, who will proceed as England coach along with his new job as management and administration director on the DW Stadium.
“My ardour is growing folks and tradition and with the ability to do that at my hometown membership is the right match,” he informed the membership web site.
Having left Wigan to take up a task in Scottish rugby union, Wane was handed a return to his native code by the possibility to educate his nation in February 2020.
Though he has expressed his immense satisfaction on the alternative to educate internationally, the lure of a task with the membership the place he grew up and cast his profession as a hard-working prop was too inviting to show down.
“I am trying ahead to working with Matt, Sean and Lee immensely,” he added.
“I’ve identified Matt for years – he has nice qualities. He’s a coach that cares about his gamers and has an excellent work ethic. I believe he’s the right match for Wigan.”
New assistant Briers, in the meantime, left Warrington on the finish of the 2021 season, following Steve Worth’s closing recreation in cost earlier than transferring to Australia.
Peet, like Wane earlier than him, has been nurtured via the ranks and has served virtually each division at Wigan earlier than taking over the pinnacle coach position from Lam.
“My philosophy on teaching is difficult each particular person to a very excessive degree and creating an setting that helps and cares for them,” Peet mentioned.
Assistant coach John Winder will now transfer on to Wigan’s associate firm Competence Growth in assist of youth and group rugby league programmes.
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Whereas Peet’s promotion from assistant to go coach was to be anticipated, having labored his manner via the ranks on the Warriors, the appointment of Briers is barely from left-field.
Alongside O’Loughlin – one other world-class participant who has hung up the boots to tackle a training submit – Briers will look to enhance a Wigan assault which scored simply 72 tries within the 2021 season, 40 fewer than league leaders Catalans Dragons.
As a participant, Briers was one of many Tremendous League’s most inventive and devastating weapons at half-back, with a kicking recreation to rival any of his friends and the imaginative and prescient to drag the strings.
Since transferring to teaching, he has labored beneath each Tony Smith and Worth at Warrington, the place his exit on the finish of this season had been confirmed with Daryl Powell’s impending arrival.
Likewise, O’Loughlin was a ball-playing loose-forward whose management was key throughout 19 seasons at Wigan, and the pair are trying ahead to stepping into their roles.
“I am actually excited for the problem – it is what desires are made from,” Briers mentioned. “Wigan is an enormous rugby league membership in anyone’s eyes so to be requested to return and coach right here is particular.
“We’re all centered on one factor and that is making Wigan engaging winners once more. We’re on the identical wavelength, we’re all aligned and we’re trying ahead to the job.”
O’Loughlin added: “I realized rather a lot final yr, however it is a top-quality teaching crew and, hopefully, I can enhance and transfer ahead this yr with them.
“Matt has been a training mentor to me and I’ve already realized rather a lot from him. He is at all times trying to enhance teaching, studying from different organisations, folks and gamers.”