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Ex-Wigan Warriors forward Ben Flower leaves coaching role without game being played

Ben Flower has left his coaching role at the West Wales Raiders.

The former Wigan Warriors and Welsh rugby legend had joined the West Wales Raiders in preparation for 2022, but Raiders’ owner Peter Tiffin confirmed that the coaching set-up had disbanded before the start of the season back in February.

Tiffin had previously said in a club statement: “The past ten days have been very difficult for everyone at the club and I would like to be honest and transparent with all of our supporters and followers.

“Last Monday we held a crisis board & staff meeting on not only the season ahead but the future of the club. It was an unanimous decision from all that nobody wanted to see the club finish after all the hard work from everyone at the club currently plus everyone who has gone but done so much to get the club to where it is in such a short space of time.”

“Even though everyone was fully on board to continue as a club and to progress with our plans set in place when we moved from amateur to professional four years ago it was going to be a massive task to get our challenge cup fixture to go ahead. With no head coach in place, the loss of both our assistant coaches a few days earlier, only six contracted players and our irreplaceable team manager in hospital it was going to take everyone to work together to get everything needed to fulfil our Challenge Cup fixture.”

Flower won three Super League Grand Finals, one World Club Challenge, one Challenge Cup and two League Leaders’ Shields with Wigan.

The Cardiff-born prop won 17 caps, captained his country against England in 2009 and played for Wales in the 2011 Four Nations and 2013 World Cup.

All in all, Flower made 250 Super League appearances, 184 of them with Wigan.

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