Hull KR appoint Stanley Gene as Under-18s coach

Stanley Gene is carried from the field after his final appearance for Papua New Guinea following their elimination from the 2008 World Cup
Gene's last appearance for Papua New Guinea was at the 2008 World Cup

Hull Kingston Rovers have appointed former Robins forward Stanley Gene as their Under-18s academy coach.

The ex-Papua New Guinea international is new Rovers coach Craig Sandercock's second backroom appointment.

The 37-year-old, who scored over 100 tries in two spells for KR, told BBC Radio Humberside: "It's great to be back after two years in the wilderness.

"The call came in and I'm so pleased to be back. It's a place that's been part of my life since I left my country."

Gene had been coaching in France after leaving Halifax halfway through a two-year contract and returns to Craven Park with international coaching experience with his homeland.

He said: "It was a great experience for me and there'll be a time that comes when I put my hand up again and go and coach the country as a head coach, which is still a dream job for me."

The former Huddersfield and Hull FC man is now keen to kick-start his club coaching career saying: "It's a great start for me.

"The junior coaches have done a tremendous job and for me to come in with young kids playing first-team football next year will be more challenging."