Leon Pryce has been named the new head coach of Workington Town.
The 36-year-old retired from playing earlier in the year and has signed a two-year contract with the League 1 club.
Pryce said: “It’s good to get a chance in coaching. I’ve only been retired for six months, so it’s nice to get the opportunity so early.
“It’s maybe sooner than what I expected to get my first coaching job, but I think it’s the right opportunity.”
In a career that included 17 appearances for Great Britain, Pryce won every major honour in the domestic game including treble-winning seasons at both Bradford and St Helens.
Workington chairman Garry Mounsey said: “We were all impressed with Leon’s vision for the club and it goes without saying that we share his ambitions.
“He is very articulate and has a deeply impressive knowledge of the game. We are confident that he will have the team playing a brand of rugby that will be very popular with the fans.
“After a season of rebuilding in 2017, we are keen to move forward again. We enjoyed three successful seasons in the Championship so we are aware of what Workington Town is capable of.
“Having a man like Leon at the helm is the way forward for us.”