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Wheelaroos assistant coach Edie George.

Edie George has joined the Wheelaroos coaching staff as an assistant to Brett Clark with the team focused on the upcoming Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup.

The World Cup is set to be held in the UK in November. Australia are yet to win the tournament after three editions, but it's hoped that George can play a part in helping the nation achieve the ultimate glory.

There was an extensive search to fill the assistant coach position and many candidates, but the Wheelchair Rugby League Australia board chose George, the head coach of NSW Wheelchair Rugby League and chairman of the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League committee.

"We look forward to Edie bringing his experience and expertise in support of head coach Brett Clark," WRLA chair Martin Meredith said in a statement announcing George's immediate appointment.

"We believe that our coaching staff's strength will enhance the development of the talented Wheelaroos team as they prepare for the Rugby League World Cup and beyond."

Provided everything goes ahead as planned, 2021 will be the first time the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup is run concurrently with the men's and women's tournaments. France are the reigning champions having beaten England in the past two finals (2013 and 2017).

 

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