Poching sets aside his own ambition for now

Willie Poching.
Willie Poching.
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Hull KR head coach Chris Chester has recruited vastly-experienced New Zealander Willie Poching as his new assistant for 2015.

Currently a first-team coach alongside Tony Smith at Warrington Wolves, the ex-Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity back-row has joined on a one-year deal.

Poching, 41, had initially spoken about his desire to become a head coach after a grounding as assistant at Headingley and, for the last four years, Warrington.

Instead, though, he will lend his experience to Chester, the 35-year-old, who was confirmed as Rovers chief last week.

“It’s a very different challenge but one I’m very excited about to help a new coach and come to a club that’s really ambitious off and on the pitch,” said Poching.

“I’ve known Chris for a while and it was an easy conversation to have; I like his ideas and philosophies with what he’s trying to do.”

Chester added: “Willie has learnt his trade under some very good coaches at very successful clubs so we’re looking forward to what he will bring to Hull KR.

“He’s very well thought of within the game and has a lot of experience as both player and coach, so the input he’ll have into the culture here will be invaluable.”

St Helens missed an opportunity to be confirmed as winners of the League Leaders’ Shield after a heavy 39-12 defeat at home to Warrington Wolves last night.

HALIFAX have parted company with head coach Karl Harrison and assistant Lee Greenwood due to “current difficulties within the club.”

Captain Scott Murrell takes charge for Sunday’s final regular fixture against Barrow.

The surprise move raises question marks about the club’s financial status; it came after successive Championship defeats saw Halifax miss out on second place and a £450,000 windfall.