Ex-St Helens coach Kristian Woolf explains how NRL move came about and why he left Super League Champions

Kristian Woolf’s legacy in Super League can never be disputed.

The only coach to win three consecutive Grand Finals in Super League as well as the mastermind behind Saints’ record breaking four Super League titles in a row.

He also won the Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Right now, he’s trying to guide Tonga to World Cup glory before joining former England boss Wayne Bennett at the NRL’s newest club The Dolphins as assistant.

Speaking to SEN, Woolf explained how this move came about and what tempted him away from the Super League Champions going into 2023: “I had a discussion with Wayne earlier in the year.

“This was not a decision I made very quickly (but) he’s been great as he gave me plenty of time and didn’t push me to make a decision at all.

“The opportunity to be at a club where you get to start fresh and try to get it right straight away was exciting.

“The club has already put some great systems and people in place. I think it’s going to be a strong club fairly early.

“The opportunity to work with Wayne Bennett as well. I obviously enjoy being a head coach and I have loved my last three years over in England.

“At the same time, I know I’ve got plenty to learn and I can certainly learn off a bloke like Wayne.”

Woolf has been replaced at St Helens by legend of the club Paul Wellens who is hoping to make it five in a row to build on the work done by Woolf and Justin Holbrook.

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