AHEAD of Friday’s clash between North Wales Crusaders and Toronto Wolfpack, Crusaders’ general manager, Andy Moulsdale met with ex-Crusaders RL coach and now director of rugby at the Wolfpack, Brian Noble.
Noble kindly agreed to meet up with Andy and discuss the Wolfpack so far, the game on Friday and his memories of his Crusaders experience.
On his role at Toronto, Noble said: “It’s basically dealing with all the off field rugby related things that happen and to make the club run smoothly.
“I have a great relationship with Paul [Rowley] and of course we talk rugby, but my role is to oversee the whole club.”
When asked what attracted him to the position at Toronto, Noble stated: “I was up for a new challenge, I’ve had a successful career as a player and a coach and this was something new for me, and the prospect of a new club with such potential was something I could not turn down.
“I’m really enjoying the different things that the job brings up, hosting trials across North America coming back to England and making sure everyone is being looked after which logistically is tough but being on the road together and in camp at Bradford has brought a real unity with the group.”
Noble also spoke passionately about his time at the helm of Crusaders R.L in Super League: “I really, really enjoyed my time as coach at Crusaders.
“It was a challenging start with the move up from South Wales, but I feel that we started something good in North Wales and ultimately made the play offs which was a great achievement, the game was growing, the crowds were growing and with a little more backing I feel we could of really kicked on.
“However, for reasons beyond my control it wasn’t to be.”
He added: “I’ll always look back with fond memories of the support we had, the fans were fantastic – a real loud and passionate bunch and the Racecourse was always rocking.”
Noble also said that he is “convinced there is a future for rugby league in North Wales” and that “there is some great talent in Wales and and it could be a real development area.”
On catching up with Brian Noble, Andy Moulsdale said: “Id firstly like to thank Brian for being patient with us as with working round my other job.
“It was hard for me to grab time with him, but he was first class.
“It’s great to hear Brian speak so highly of his memories of the club, I know he was popular here and he did a great job.
“It’s good for us that we have such a high profile game taking place in Wrexham, it’s good for everyone involved – the players, coaches, fans and the town.
“I’m sure the lads will put on a great display on Friday and hopefully be a good day for everyone.”
The unmissable game takes place at the Queensway Stadium, Wrexham this Friday at 5pm. Tickets are priced at £10 adults and free for under 16’s. These can be purchased online or you can pay on the gate.