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George Riley George Riley | 15:48 UK time, Friday, 19 November 2010

It was a sobering moment as I interviewed a Super League coach who is younger than me for the first time in my life.

At the age of 30 and having never played professional rugby league, Rob Powell has beaten off competition from some bigger and more experienced names in the sport to be named head coach of Harlequins RL.

He becomes the youngest top-flight coach since a 28-year-old Steve McCormack had a crack at Salford in 2001.

It is a bold move by a club that knows it needs to be bold just to safeguard its Super League future.

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