In a World Cup the main focus is on the star players involved or at least the big named coaches at the helm.
However, there are plenty of star coaches working with countries during this tournament who, due to the fact they’re not head coaches, are going under the radar.
So, here’s 10 of the highest profile coaches going under the radar at the World Cup.
Brian McDermott, David Furner & Jamie Webster – Fiji
Brian McDermott succeeded Jamie Webster at Featherstone this year and has since resigned from his role at Post Office Road after failing to deliver promotion. Both are top tier coaches and have been playing their part for Fiji. McDermott, Super League’s most successful coach, was drafted in to help by his successor at Leeds Rhinos David Furner.
Adrian Lam – Australia
The Leigh Leopards boss is providing a helping hand to Mal Meninga in the Australia camp and could be a useful asset when Australia come up against Super League opposition which they could should they face England in the final.
Andy Last & Paul Anderson – England
In the England set up former Hull FC boss and current assistant at Castleford Tigers Andy Last is playing his part as is former Huddersfield Giants boss Paul Anderson. Anderson won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013 and now the England Knights boss has filled the hole left by St Helens boss Paul Wellens.
Lee Radford & Richard Agar – Samoa
From an assistant at Castleford, to their Head Coach. Samoa boss Matt Parish has praised the role Lee Radford has had on his camp as well as the insight provided by former Leeds boss Richard Agar who is not physically there ahead of his move to New Zealand Warriors but has helped prepare the side for the tournament.
Sean Long – France
A man who has recently taken on a new role. Sean Long has left Leeds Rhinos to become Head Coach at Featherstone Rovers replacing Brian McDermott at Post Office Road.
Tim Sheens – Italy
Former Hull KR man Tim Sheens is helping out Italy during the tournament but the new Wests Tigers boss has used his time in England to talk to potential transfer targets Mitchell Moses and Wigan Warriors’ John Bateman.