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Meet Wales' backroom staff for 2018 internationals

7th October 2018, 10:29

Meet Wales' backroom staff for 2018 internationals

A nine-person backroom staff will support Wales' squad during this autumn's European Championship and 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers.

It is a similar team to the one that travelled to the southern hemisphere for last year's World Cup. The only difference is that Hannah Lloyd and Ste Mills, who have moved to Australia and taken on more commitments respectively, won't be involved in 2018. 

Header photo. Back row (left to right): Ryan Gould, Bob Wilson, Colin Sargeant, Richard Lawrence, Ste Mills, Angharad Sargeant. Front row (left to right): Hannah Lloyd, Garreth Carvell, John Kear, Mark Moxon, Adam Daniels. 

John Kear (head coach)

Wales boss Kear needs little introduction. He is one of the most successful and well-known coaches in British rugby league. 

After playing all of his career at hometown club Castleford Tigers, he took up his first coaching job with PSG, spending two years at the French club.

He then moved to Sheffield Eagles and masterminded one of the biggest shocks in the sport's history, guiding them to the 1998 Challenge Cup as they beat favourites Wigan Warriors.

From there, he had spells in Super League with Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity, where he later returned as a director of rugby in 2017.

Between 2012 and 2016, Kear coached at Championship club Batley Bulldogs and did a fine job with a small budget, securing a place in the top four in 2016. They competed in the Qualifiers against Super League opposition. 

He took up the reigns at Wales in 2014 and there has been plenty of progression under his leadership since. 

The 63-year-old won the European Championship with the Dragons in 2015 and secured a place at the 2021 World Cup, beating Serbia and Italy in the qualifiers. 

Garreth Carvell (assistant coach)

The former prop forward has been part of John Kear's coaching staff since he took over as Wales boss. 

After a very successful playing career, Carvell retired back in 2015 and now heads up the Rugby League Players Association UK. 

He played at the likes Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC and Warrington Wolves and earned international caps for Wales, Great Britain and England. 

Mark Moxon (assistant coach) 

Like Carvell, Moxon was brought in by John Kear as an assistant coach after he was appointed as Wales head coach.

He worked under Kear at club level with Batley Bulldogs for a number of years. 

In his playing career, Moxon featured for Huddersfield Giants in Super League and had spells with Doncaster, Halifax and Hunslet.

Adam Daniels (head of strength and conditioning)

Daniels has been involved with rugby league in Wales for a while. 

Clive Griffiths took him to North Wales Crusaders and he played a key part in the club's promotion to the Championship in 2013. 

It was through his Crusaders links that he went to the Commonwealth Championships with Wales in 2013 and was then given the senior team role.

After leaving North Wales in 2016, he has spent the past two years as part of Widnes Vikings' backroom staff. 

Bob Wilson (team manager)

Wilson has plenty of experience in team logistics as he has been the senior side's team manager for both the 2013 and 2017 World Cups.

He was originally on North Wales Crusaders' board of directors and then took up the team manager role at the club, leaving that post in 2017.

Alongside his rugby league commitments, Wilson has recently set up an ice cream business.

Colin Sargeant (kit manager)

Like Wilson, Colin Sargeant has been involved since the 2013 World Cup and part of the European Championship and 2017 World Cup qualification successes.

He has worked with North Wales Crusaders in the past and is well-known throughout rugby union in the region.

Richard Lawrance (head doctor)

Lawrence has been a constant in Wales' backroom staff for over a decade, working under both Iestyn Harris and John Kear.

A leading cardiologist, he is now on North Wales Crusaders' board of directors and has worked with the likes of Warrington Wolves, Leigh Centurions and Keighley Cougars at club level.

Angharad Sargeant (head physiotherapist)

She has been part of the team with her dad, Colin, for a number of years and has worked her way up to the position of head physiotherapist.

Sargeant, who has held roles with plenty of clubs in both rugby league and union, worked closely with Hannah Lloyd at last year's World Cup as a physiotherapist. 

Ryan Gould (media manager)

He took up the role ahead of the 2017 World Cup qualifiers, having been involved with North Wales Crusaders before that. 

Gould was Crusaders' media manager between 2012 and 2015 and had a spell as the club's general manager in 2016. 

Alongside his Wales commitments, he works as a freelance journalist, writing regularly for the likes of League Express and Rugby League World. 

Tickets for Wales' international with Ireland on Sunday, November 11 at 3pm at the Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham are now on sale. By booking tickets in advance, you can save on matchday prices. 

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