The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Denis Betts who since his retirement in 2001 has been the Under 21 coach at Wigan has been officially appointed as Assistant First Team Coach to work alongside the recently appointed Mike Gregory.
He has been given a two year contract which coincides with that of Mike Gregory. Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay said,
"Since Stuart Rapers departure mid season Mike and Denis have worked very well together and we had no hesitation in formalising both of their appointments. They are a very good team and we now have four home grown coaches in Mike Gregory, Denis Betts, David Lyon and Shaun Wane. All four were either born in Wigan or started their playing career at Wigan."
Lindsay added, "The salary cap prevents us from investing in players so we have invested in a quality coaching team to get the best out of all the young talent we are bringing through. We could be entering an exciting phase for both Wigan and British Rugby League."
Denis Betts said, "I started my career as a 16 year old at Wigan and to be part of the coaching team at what I consider to be my club is a great thrill."