Hardman and Anfield join England coaching setup

England Women’s Head Coach Craig Richards has confirmed the appointment of Derek Hardman and Lindsay Anfield to his coaching staff for the 2021 World Cup.

St Helens Women’s Head Coach Hardman replaces Shaun Briscoe in the coaching setup, who recently took a role as Head Coach of England PDRL.

In addition, Castleford Tigers Women’s boss and former England International Anfield has returned to the National Performance Programme after missing the 2019 tour of Papua New Guinea whilst being on maternity leave.

England Women returned to training over the weekend with a 57-strong group of players and staff participating in lateral flow testing prior to the session, producing zero positive Covid-19 test results. 

On the coaching set-up, Richards said: “Shaun’s appointment to the Head Coach role of England PDRL is great and we all applauded him when we found out but in terms of England Women it coincided with the return of Lindsay Anfield from maternity leave.

“Lindsay adds a real passion for the Women’s game and a real understanding of what it means to compete in a World Cup.

“It isn’t just about challenging players but it’s about challenging coaches too and Lindsay challenges me and is always striving for us to be the best we can be.”

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