Andy Kelly takes England Academy rugby league coach post

Andy Kelly
Kelly has been involved with young talent in his role as RFL performance coach in the north east.

Former Ireland boss Andy Kelly has been appointed England Academy team coach, after Richard Marshall stepped down to focus on his role at Halifax.

Kelly, 54, currently works as head of youth at Huddersfield Giants, having previously been Rugby Football League performance coach in the north east.

He took Ireland to the 2008 World Cup and has also coached Wakefield and Gateshead at professional level.

"It's an absolute honour to be appointed," Kelly said.

"It is a role that comes with a great deal of responsibility. Richard Marshall did a great job in last year's series against Australia so the bar is set and we need to push on again.

Andy Kelly
Kelly's Ireland side won Pool Three at the 2008 World Cup but were knocked out by Fiji.

"My tenure will begin with time spent looking at the performances against Australia and getting some good insight into the culture of the Academy players in their own club environment. We need to build a squad with the skills, resilience and toughness to consistently compete."

RFL Director of Performance and Coaching Jon Roberts said: "Andy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the professional game, both as an international player and coach.

"His coaching and management skills in developing our elite young players stood him apart from all other candidates."