Ireland’s World Cup boss links up with Championship side

York City Knights were without a head coach after James Ford joined Mark Applegarth at Wakefield Trinity but they’ve filled both the head coach, and now the assistant coaching job with plenty of experience.

The Championship side have announced that they have appointed Ireland boss Ged Corcoran as their assistant coach heading into the 2023 campaign.

Corcoran had previously became the first Irish-born man to lead the national team and he did so during the recently concluded 2021 World Cup.

At that tournament Ireland managed to secure a huge victory over Jamaica with the 48-2 win becoming the country’s largest ever World Cup win.

Having formerly played for Ireland as well as clubs such as Dewsbury, Halifax, Oldham, Sheffield and Toulouse he will now link up with Andrew Henderson who had previously replaced Ford.

The Irishman told the Knight’s website: “I’m really excited about the challenge ahead and working with Andrew Henderson and the great group of players that we currently have at the club; a mix of seasoned pros and some inspired young professional athletes that want to be at the top of the game.

“I spoke to Hendo throughout the World Cup and while he was at Keighley Cougars. We speak about rugby all the time and we both challenge each other.”

York will aim to make the playoffs again following their sixth-placed campaign in 2022.

New boss Henderson also spoke to the club site about Corcoran joining him in their new venture.

“I’ve known Ged for a number of years and he’s spent a lot of time in the Betfred Championship as an Assistant Coach at Sheffield Eagles and he’s the Ireland Head Coach too.

“Jed brings honesty, good energy and enthusiasm for the game, which is really important for the type of people that I want working in this organisation and within this performance department.

“Ged decided to leave Sheffield and wanted a new challenge in a new environment to reinvigorate him, so I’m really fortunate to have him on board.

“It’s come at the best time for both parties because I felt we needed another pair of hands.

“From speaking to Danny Kirmond, I want him to focus more on the playing with a plan to drip-feed him within the coaching department throughout the year.

“We’ve also got Will Leatt as Team Manager, who also provides coaching support.”

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