St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf’s brother – Ben Woolf – gets major coaching gig

The name Woolf is quickly becoming the most well-known and talked about surname in rugby league.

That’s because Kristian Woolf, head coach of Super League side St Helens, has established himself as one of the most talented young coaches in the sport.

After taking on the job at the Totally Wicked Stadium ahead of the 2020 Super League season, there were question marks over how Saints would cope without Justin Holbrook – the coach that had won the 2019 Grand Final with the Red Vee.

Those question marks had been firmly answered at the end of 2020 when Woolf masterminded his first Grand Final success in Saints colours with an incredible win over bitter rivals Wigan Warriors.

Wind the clock forward a year after and Woolf had enjoyed another Grand Final success as well as a Challenge Cup Final victory after beating the Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium.

Now in 2022, Woolf has the opportunity to win three Grand Finals in a row and ensure that Saints are champions for four consecutive years.

Therefore, the news that another Woolf that is making his mark in the NRL has left a number of people sit up and take note.

This time it’s Ben, who will become assistant coach alongside Anthony Griffin at the St George Illawarra Dragons following a five-year period as head coach of Queensland Cup side Tweed Heads Seagulls.

Ben Woolf will take up the role alongside fellow new assistant Ryan Carr – who previously coached Featherstone Rovers in the UK Championship competition.

“The opportunity to bring Ryan and Ben to the club is something we are all excited about,” said Dragons general manager of football Ben Haran.

“Their broad experience across different systems external to the Dragons will only benefit our playing group.”

It’s an incredible appointment so don’t be surprised to see two head-coaching Woolfs in the NRL in the near future.

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