Former Leeds Rhinos Women’s captain Lois Forsell has been appointed Head Coach of the Rhinos for the 2020 season.
Forsell was forced to retire last year at the age of 28, following complications with knee surgery.
She was the Rhinos’ first ever signing, and led the side to the Challenge Cup in 2018, with victory over Castleford Tigers.
The former England international replaces Adam Cuthbertson, who has led the side from their early beginnings in the Women’s Super League.
Commenting on the appointment, she told the club website: “First and foremost, I would like to say a massive thank you to Adam Cuthbertson for everything he has done for the team since our formation.
“The work he has done, alongside Leon Crick, Anthony and David Gibbons, has set the standard for where this team needs to be in the future.
“I would like to thank Kevin Sinfield and the club for giving me this opportunity and I am very excited about what this group of players can achieve.
“The game continues to grow here in England with the World Cup on these shores in 2021 and I think every team will be stronger this season as the standards for the game continue to climb.”
Sinfield added: “We are delighted that Lois has accepted the opportunity to become our new Head Coach with the Leeds Rhinos Womens team. As a player, Lois was an inspirational character on and off the field and she embodies everything we look for in our players.