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England Head Coach Shaun Wane agrees contract extension

England Rugby League Head Coach, Shaun Wane, has reaffirmed his commitment to the national side by agreeing a contract extension with the Rugby Football League (RFL).

Initially appointed until the end of next year’s Rugby League World Cup, Wane’s new deal will take him up to end of 2022.

Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League:

“Shaun has made a great impression within the RFL and across the sport in general, and I am delighted that he will be staying on beyond the 2021 World Cup. He has proved himself to be both energetic and versatile in difficult times and has adapted to what is in front of him.

“We are well aware that Shaun has recently attracted the attention of several NRL clubs and wanted to ensure that he had enough security that kept him absolutely focused on the job in hand.

“Like all of us Shaun is bitterly disappointed not to be facing the Kangaroos this autumn, but he is not letting this short-term setback stand in the way of his long-term aim to make England the number one side in the world.

“Shaun’s passion for England Rugby League is matched by meticulous planning and preparation, and come autumn 2021 there will not be a better-prepared international side at the World Cup.”

The challenging circumstances presented by Covid-19 pandemic haven’t prevented Wane from developing relationships with prospective England players, with digital technology helping to maintain regular contact. Now that the Betfred Super League season has restarted the England coach will be attending live matches, and also visiting club training sessions to strengthen lines of communication with players and club coaches.

During the lockdown period, Wane appointed all the key personnel to the England’s Senior programme, including Hull FC’s Andy Last and St Helens’ Paul Wellens as assistant coaches.

He has also been able to share his own experience and coaching philosophy with staff members from the various England Rugby League programmes, both within the England Performance Unit and the Community Lions, and coaches at all levels from across the country.

He said:

“It’s an honour to be England Head Coach so I didn’t have to think too hard about extending my contract.

“Like everybody else I’ve missed the live action but it’s given me extra time to talk with players, build relationships, share ideas and let them know what they need to do to make the England team.

“Now Super League is back up and running I’m excited to see the players back on the field, doing what they do best and developing the winning mentality needed for World Cup success.”

Wane, 55, was head coach of his hometown club from 2011-18, during which time Wigan Warriors won three of their five Super League Grand Finals; lifted the Challenge Cup at Wembley in 2013; and were crowned World Club Champions in 2017.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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