Brother of ex-St Helens coach lands major coaching role

Kristian Woolf has a superb legacy with the Saints and now his brother is set to do also look to build a legacy with the Saints, only a different set of Saints as he takes on a new role in 2023.

Kristian Woolf joined St Helens in 2020 and had big shoes to fill as he replaced Justin Holbrook who rebuilt the Saints in 2017 and had them winning the Grand Final in 2019 and perhaps should have won the treble in 2018 and 2019.

In the three seasons since Woolf’s appointment, he has delivered three consecutive Grand Final wins becoming the first man to do so.

This took Saints to four in a row, a new record.

He also became the first coach since 2015 to win the double in 2021 as St Helens ended a 13-year wait to win the Challenge Cup Final.

Now he leaves to become assistant coach at the NRL’s newest club The Dolphins in 2023 under former England and Great Britain boss Wayne Bennett and will take over from Bennett in due course.

His brother Ben is also set to be an assistant in the NRL, but with the St George Illawarra Dragons who are set to play Kristian’s former team, now under Paul Wellens, on 11th February 2023 in a pre-cursor to the World Club Challenge against Penrith Panthers.

Ben previously worked with Gold Coast Titans prior to Tweed Head Seagulls.

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