Changing coaches is a common theme in rugby league and the Canadian Wolverines have undergone a slight transition, appointing former English Super League player Stuart Donlan to the head coaching position.
Donlan, who joins the club fresh off a stint with the Salford Devils, has also been a part of the coaching staff at the the Castleford Tigers.
With that experience under his belt and a desire to succeed, the Canadian national team are pleased to have him on board as their new coach.
“We are extremely excited about having Stuart joining our program.” CRL Chairman Eric Perez stated.
“We feel that with a coach of Stuart’s quality we can challenge for a berth in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.”
With rugby league in Canada still a developing sport, Donlan is honoured to be a part of their progression and tilt towards a 2017 Rugby League World Cup berth.
“I am extremely excited to be named Canada RL head coach,” said Donlan.
“To be given the opportunity to come over to Canada and help develop the game of Rugby League in a developing country, is one that I am looking forward to immensely. I am looking to pass on the knowledge I have gained throughout my professional career in England as a player and more recently a coach to the players over in Canada and help develop the coaches over there also in any way I can.”
The rugby league blood runs deep in the Donlan family, with Stuart’s father playing the game before him and with some tough Test series to begin with, Donlan looks forward to it.
Before taking on Jamaica in their Test, the Canadian side will play the Royal Air Force side and the English Lionhearts.
For Donlan, the key is getting himself familiar with the players and meeting them.
“I cannot wait to meet the team and help prepare them for their upcoming games.” Donlan continued.
“It is going to be hard work but enjoyable for the team. Hopefully the hard work will pay off and we will put on a great show for the Canadian public.”