England job for Cullen

Warrington Wolves head coach Paul Cullen has been appointed to the same position with England, following the resignation of Salford's Karl Harrison.

Cullen, previously assistant coach to John Kear on the 2002 England tour of Fiji and Tonga, returns to take over the England team - regarded as the final stepping stone into the Great Britain set-up.

Cullen said: ?I?ve been part of the elite coaching programme ever since I was a rookie coach with Whitehaven in National League One and I am delighted to be given this opportunity to coach in international rugby league.

?Like my predecessor Karl Harrison, I took time out to develop my coaching career at club level and now I?m really pleased to return to the international arena.

?It has been an ambition of mine to coach an international team and I?m very honoured to be appointed to the England team.?

RFL performance director Graeme Thompson said: ?We?ve been developing career pathways for young British coaches and Paul?s appointment as coach to the England team is part of that programme.

?We?re grateful for all the work Karl has put into the development of the England team and I?m sure Paul and his coaching team will be of equal benefit to the players coming into the side as well as British rugby league?s international development.?

Source: superleague.co.uk