|(Toronto) Stuart Donlan has been named the new head coach of the Canadian national Rugby League side the Canada Wolverines. The Wolverines have secured the services of Donlan fresh after leaving his post at Super League side Salford Red Devils, inking a 2 year deal with the coach. Donlan who had previously been on the coaching staff of the Castleford Tigers an an assistant under Ian Millward brings with him a wealth of knowledge and extremely powerful Rugby League pedigree. "We are extremely excited about having Stuart joining our program." CRL Chairman Eric Perez stated. "We feel that with a coach of Stuart's quality we can challenge for a berth in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup."
Donlan had this to say upon taking up the role. "I am extremely excited to be named Canada RL head coach. To be given the opportunity to come over to Canada and help develop the game of Rugby League in a developing country, is one that I am looking forward to immensely. I am looking to pass on the knowledge I have gained throughout my professional career in England as a player and more recently a coach to the players over in Canada and help develop the coaches over there also in any way I can."
Donland, the son of England and Great Britain international Steve Donlan, had a long and fruitful playing career. Beginning and ending his career with his hometown side Leigh Centurions as well as stints with Halifax, Huddersfield Giants, and Castleford Tigers. Since retiring in 2011, Donlan has turned to coaching becoming to this date one of the most highly sought out and up and coming young coaches in England. Donlan will start his tenure as head coach by leading the Wolverines in their gruelling 2014 test series. Canada will open their 2014 season with a pair of matches against the Royal Air Force and the English Lionhearts before taking on Jamaica in the 4th Caribbean Carnival Cup, and the United States Tomahawks in the 5th Colonial Cup home and away series. All matches will be televised on Sportsnet in Canada and Premier Sports in the UK and Ireland.
"I cannot wait to meet the team and help prepare them for their upcoming games." Donlan continued. "It is going to be hard work but enjoyable for the team. Hopefully the hard work will pay off and we will put on a great show for the Canadian public."
The goal is simple. Win their first Colonial Cup in 2014, and qualify for the 2017 World Cup in 2015. Only time will tell if Canada can continue to leave their mark on the Rugby League world.