Former Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors forward given shock new coaching role

Ipswich Jets have announced former Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Widnes Vikings forward Ben Cross has been appointed as Director of Rugby.

Cross has had a vast career within rugby league from playing in amateur grades through to playing at the highest level of professional sport, winning the 2007 NRL premiership with the Melbourne Storm, reserve grade premiership with the Canberra Raiders in 2003 as well as playing State of Origin Rugby League for New South Wales, whilst representing Australia in the Prime Ministers XII.

The explosive forward also touched base in the UK, starring for Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Widnes Vikings before retiring at the end of 2013.

Since retiring, Cross has had great success as an assistant coach and head coach, winning the ISC NSW Cup competition, Newcastle premiership competition and enjoying success within the NSW Women’s Origin series.

Recently, Ben has been a Specialist Consultant Coach to the PNG Hunters which was similar to the role he had with the Brisbane Broncos up until March 2020 – being responsible for planning & implementation of training programs specific to individuals designed around the Brisbane Broncos coaching and playing objectives, as well as defence specialist contact and tackle technique coaching.

It’s been detailed that Cross will oversee the day to day running of the Football department in 2022 and beyond, overseeing all grades within the Jets’ system and the head coaches that have day to day contact with those teams.

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