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Championship coach makes switch to rugby union

York City Knights assistant coach Jack Howieson has made the move to rugby union side Sheffield Tigers.

The Tigers’ first-team competes in National League 2 North, at the fourth tier of English rugby union and one level above York RUFC, with Howieson making the move to become director of rugby.

Howieson joined the Knights as assistant to head coach James Ford in November 2020, after previously being assistant at the Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams, as well as head coach of Hemel Stags.

“I’m really excited to take on a new challenge at Sheffield Tigers,” Howieson said on his move.

“After speaking to Paul and Jamie regarding the position, I was really impressed with their passion for the club and their vision for the future.

“The role of director of rugby will allow me to combine supporting the seniors squads and junior squads to provide a smooth pathway from minis through to the first team.

“I’m looking forward to meeting senior players, minis, juniors, coaches, volunteers and parents.

“Hopefully we can all work together to continue the traditions of this great rugby club.”

Howieson made almost 300 appearances for Sheffield Eagles as a player over a period of 13 years – and captained the South Yorkshire club between 2005 and 2013.

The 40-year-old helped steer the Eagles to a maiden Championship Grand Final victory in 2012 and before he retired in April 2013.

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