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Former Championship boss replaces veteran coach and takes charge of major NRL gig

Ryan Carr has been named as the interim coach of St George Illawarra Dragons following the dismissal of Anthony Griffin.

It’s the first major job down under for the 34-year-old native whose only previous head coaching role came with Featherstone Rovers in 2019.

With Rovers in the Championship he took them to fifth place and the play-offs but defeat to Toronto Wolfpack cut short their Super League dream.

Since that spell in England he’s been coaching in Australia and he now takes the head role at St George on an interim basis.

He’s now made his first squad selection for the Dragons, who sit languishing near the foot of the table, only points difference keeping them from bottom.

Previous coach Anthony Griffin had lost his job following six straight defeats including the key loss to 17th placed Wests Tigers at the NRL Magic Weekend.

A further hammering against the Cowboys prompted the change and Carr now assumes the role with Sydney Roosters the first test he faces.

The Daily Mail in Australia have reported that Carr addressed the playing group calling for accountability from them.

They also report that Carr disagreed with some of Griffin’s team selections and that’s seen Zac Lomax return to the starting 13.

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