Wales appoint new coach

The Welsh Rugby League have appointed former Wigan and Wales hooker Martin Hall, 36, as their new coach.

The former Rochdale and Hull Kingston Rovers coach, who won seven caps for Wales from 1995-96, will take charge of Wales for the first time in the European Nations Cup match against Scotland at the Brewery Field on Sunday 16 October.

He succeeds Stuart Wilkinson and will be assisted by another former Wales international, Anthony Farrell, who has guided Halifax to the National League One Grand Final qualifier.

"Martin was our first choice," said Wales Rugby League chairman Mark Rowley, who won six rugby union caps as a second row forward for Wales from 1996-97.

"He's very proud of his heritage and he's well up for the challenge. It's good to have Anthony as well because he's making good progress at Halifax."

Warrington captain Lee Briers has made himself available for selection after missing last season's tournament through injury.

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