Former Wakefield coach replaces Fax boss in England Academy role

Andy Kelly
Andy Kelly

Former Wakefield, Gateshead and Ireland coach Andy Kelly has been appointed by the Rugby Football League as coach of the England Academy team.

Kelly, a former player with Wakefield and Hull KR who was in charge of Ireland at the 2008 World Cup, succeeds Richard Marshall, who has stepped down after England’s two Tests against the Australian Schoolboys in the autumn to concentrate on his new job as coach of Halifax.

Kelly, who has previously worked with the RFL as England regional performance coach for the North East, will combine the role with his full-time job as head of youth at Huddersfield.

Jon Roberts, RFL director of performance and coaching, said: “Andy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the professional game, both as an international player and coach.

“His coaching and management skills in developing our elite young players stood him apart from all other candidates.”