Ruan Sims will make her return to the Cronulla Sharks in a coaching capacity as she takes on the head coaching role of the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership side and the assistant role for the NRLW side.
Sims, who is a pioneer of the women’s game in the modern era, rejoins the Sharks in an off-field capacity having previously signed a contract as a player back in 2017.
With the new role now upon her, Sims says she is excited at what lies ahead.
“I’m excited for this new challenge,” said Sims.
“The women’s game is growing and strengthening at such a rapid pace and I’m incredibly proud to have a role in such an historic moment for the Sharks”.
During her playing days, Sims was a dual international, representing Australia at the highest level in both league and union.
Sims also captained the NSW side in her playing days and won international tournaments such as the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Although the NRLW pre-season will only begin in May, the work and preparation begins now and the club are pleased to have Sims on board.
“The opportunity to bring Ruan back to the club is something we are all really excited about,” Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta said.
“Ruan’s appointment as both the Harvey Norman women’s head coach and our NRLW assistant coach not only bolsters and strengthens our commitment to female players, but also adds a wealth of experience and knowledge in developing our coaching staff as well”.