Martin Gleeson appointed new England attack coach

Eddie Jones has made an addition to the coaching panel
Eddie Jones has made an addition to the coaching panel

England have made addition to the coaching panel with Martin Gleeson joining as the new attack coach.

Gleeson played for Rugby League clubs Huddersfield Giants, St Helens, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and Salford City Reds and went on to win Super League twice (2002 and 2010) and the Challenge Cup in 2004. He also played for England in six games and for Great Britain in 20 matches.

The 41-year-old started his coaching career with Salford Red Devils in the Super League and was the attack coach of Wasps in the last two seasons.

With Gleeson heading to the England's backroom staff on 9th August, John Mitchell, who was the defence coach of England will be joining Wasps on the same day ahead of the 2021/22 season.

“As a player you always want to represent your country at the highest level and it’s no difference for a coach. This is something I have strived for and coaching England is the pinnacle.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Wasps for my time there, in particular Lee Blackett who took me under his wing after coming from rugby league – and has supported me in taking this opportunity.

‘Now I’m looking forward to working with Eddie, the staff and some of the best players in the world, helping them in their development and achieving their ultimate goals.”

England coach Eddie Jones welcomed Gleeson to the coaching panel as they look to build towards the 2023 World Cup.

“We are building a coaching team to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup, we have five campaigns to go before then so every appointment from here on in is very important.

“We’re starting with Martin as attack coach. He’s a bright young rugby coach with experience at the highest level in league so he will add significant power to the team.

"He’s done extremely well with Wasps and he will come in and build on the good work that Simon Amor started with us.

“I look forward to welcoming him to the coaching team.”

England are still looking for a replacement for Mitchell and skills coach Jason Ryles, who made an exit in May.

England will be facing Tonga, Australia and South Africa in their autumn international campaign on 6th, 13th and 20th November respectively with Twickenham Stadium hosting all the three matches.