Rugby League Ireland are delighted to announce Claire Garner as the new Ireland based Women’s Assistant Coach. Garner, who comes with a wealth of Rugby League experience will assist Head Coach John Whalley by overseeing the squad over in Ireland.
Garner represented England at International level on three occasions, including in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. She was part of the unbeaten 2017 Bradford Bulls team, who won the Grand Final in the same year. Garner then went on to join Castleford, where she became club Captain and helped lead her side to a Challenge Cup and Grand Final, before hanging up her boots earlier this year.
Speaking on her appointment, Garner said: “I am really excited to begin my new challenge in Rugby League and be part of the Ireland Women’s coaching staff. Rugby League is a really exciting and upcoming sport in Ireland and I am looking forward to being involved in it.”
RLI Chairman, Jim Reynolds, expressed his thoughts on the newest addition to the coaching staff: “I am personally delighted to have someone on Claire’s stature and experience in Women’s Rugby League join us and be based here in Ireland to support our recently announced Ireland based 25-player squad.
“Claire has a Masters in Sport Psychology and that, coupled with her experience from her stellar playing career in Rugby League, will provide our girls with unrivalled coaching insight.”
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