Jamie Lester

It was back in 2010 when Canadians first saw Jamie Lester as head coach of the Canada Wolverines in their 2010 Colonial Cup clash against the Tomahawks, and now, a few years later following some other ventures, Lester has returned to assume the role for 2013.

In the same year, he then switched roles with assistant Richie Moore, that led to several wins against the USA Tomahawks, Jamaica and Lebanon.

Lester is no stranger to the world of coaching, having coached age grade, senior grade and representative rugby league in New Zealand for a few years and also worked as the New Zealand Rugby League’s Coaching and Development Manager for the Canterbury region, during his 3-year stint with the organisation.

With the news that Lester has returned to the head coaching role, Canada rugby league Chairman Eric Perez says they are thrilled to have him back in command of the international side.

“We are excited to have Jamie back in the Wolverines coaching ranks where he belongs. He has been a major part of the Wolverines set up, and it is a natural choice to have him back as the head coach. He has a strong rugby league pedigree and we have all seen what a difference he has made to a non-playing rugby league nation when he arrived, to the 18th ranked country in the world,” said Perez.

Lester is also excited to return, as he looks forward working with the team and discovering some new found talent.

“It’s going to be an exciting test. I feel that the playing group we have right now has more to offer than what we showed last year and I’m looking forward to unearthing some fresh new talent,” said Lester.

“We need a little more depth in each position for a start. If we can get players challenging each other a little more, that will get us closer to where we need to be. I have a few things we’ll be working towards. If everything goes accordingly we will witness a new style of play shown by the Wolverines”.

By ricky

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