It has been a busy period for new coaches joining new clubs or nations and today is no different, with former England and France coach John Kear appointed as the new head coach of Wales.
Kear, 59, will take over the head coaching role at Wales as the nation approaches their European Championship clashes with France, Ireland and Scotland.
14 years ago now, Kear was the coach of the English side at the 2000 World Cup and before that, in 1997, he was the coach of the French national side.
Having also enjoyed a lengthy playing stint with the Castleford Tigers from 1978-88, he has since enjoyed coaching stints with Paris Saint Germain, the Sheffield Eagles, Wigan, Hull FC, Wakefield and his current role, head coach of the Batley Bulldogs.
For the man himself, he is thrilled to have the chance to work in this new role and is excited to get back into the international arena.
â€œIâ€™m really delighted to have this opportunity as the new head coach of Wales Rugby League,” said Kear.
â€œIâ€™m a big believer in international Rugby League as my background shows. I really think that I can make a big contribution to the game in Wales that will allow us to qualify and do well in Rugby League World Cup 2017.
â€œA strong international game is essential for Rugby League. The more competitive teams we have at the highest level the better and itâ€™s my challenge to turn Wales into one of those top teams.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to a long relationship with Wales Rugby League as we build for 2017 and beyond.â€
With experience crucial in a coach for a budding rugby league nation, the Chairman of Welsh Rugby League, Brian Juliff, looks forward to a strong and successful period with Kear as head coach.
â€œThe appointment of John Kear as head coach brings a wealth of experience forged at the highest level of the game to Wales Rugby League. His knowledge and proven ability to bring the very best out of his players makes him an ideal fit for Wales Rugby League at this formative time,” said Juliff.
â€œIt was important to bring in someone who shares our values and is committed to our vision ‘to be a top four Rugby League Nation in governance and performance’.
â€œJohn’s immediate challenge is to balance a young but very capable Wales squad into a winning team at this yearâ€™s European Championship and thereafter lay the foundation for success at the Rugby League World Cup 2017. I look forward to building a strong and supportive relationship with John to underpin the undoubted potential of Wales Rugby League.â€