Sheens re-appointed as Kangaroos coach

Sunday December 2, 2012

Tim Sheens has been re-appointed Kangaroos Coach for a fifth term.

While preparing Australia for the 2013 World Cup in the UK, Tim will also assist with the national high performance program.

Sheens has accepted the new role for a 12-month term that could see Australia play up to seven games if they make the World Cup Final in November 2013.

During his time as coach of the Australian Kangaroos the team has played in 18 matches with only one loss in the 2010 final of the Four Nations in Brisbane, but reclaiming the World Cup trophy that the Ricky Stuart coached Kangaroos lost to New Zealand in 2008 is his priority.

“The Kangaroos have a proud history in the World Cup winning nine of the 13 tournaments ever contested, so bringing the 2013 trophy home from the UK is my key focus,” Sheens said.

“However, I am also very excited about the opportunity to have input into the national high performance program and the pathways for our future Kangaroos.”

NRL General Manager of League Integration and Game Development, Mr Andrew Hill said: “The new structure is part of the ARL Commission’s commitment to growing international football and the brand of the Australian Kangaroos.

“In the past the Australian coach did the same as the players and just turned up in camp. Now he will be able to help increase the profile of the Kangaroos which is important in a World Cup year.

“While the position is not full-time, Tim will also play a greater role in helping develop pathways for our Junior Kangaroos, Australian Schoolboys and emerging Origin teams.”

News Source: NRL Media