North Wales Crusaders Director Bob Wilson has been appointed Wales RL Team Manager as the build-up towards this year’s Rugby League World Cup continues to grow.
Bob has been a board member since the launch as a Championship One club and was also instrumental in forming the club’s pioneering para-sport team which will form the nucleus of the national squad at next month’s Wheelchair World Cup, as well as many other community projects for the Crusaders in the North Wales region.
Bob is a retired Police Superintendent who has served the police in many crucial roles across many platforms over a long career in the service..
Wales Rugby League’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair enthused: “We’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Bob’s calibre and experience already involved in Rugby League in Wales, so it was an easy choice for us to ask him to step up to this role with the national side.
“Having led contingency planning on a national scale working with all emergency services and Government departments to respond to major incidents, his experience will prove to be extremely useful addition to our team.
“The role of team manager is critical in any major tournament as the logistics of moving the squad across three training bases and three stadiums is intense.
“It’s critically important that the coaching team are given the space to focus purely on on-field matters and that’s where a good support structure is essential”.
Bob will now work closely with Wales national coach Iestyn Harris and his backroom staff in the run up to the World Cup, which kicks-off on October 26 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Speaking about his appointment, he said “I’m delighted to be involved with Wales Rugby League at such an exciting time, working on the pinnacle tournament for the sport. As a proud Welshman there is nothing I’d like more than to help the team succeed this Autumn and I can’t wait to get started.”
Wales will play Italy on the opening day of the World Cup in Cardiff which forms a double-header with the first game of the tournament between England and Australia.
The Welsh squad then play the USA at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground on Sunday November 3 before their final group game with the Cook Islands at The Gnoll, Neath, on November 10.