Cup winners add to coaching setup
Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors have appointed Welsh international Jordan James to their coaching staff to work under Wales head of youth Dave Clark.
The 33-year-old prop forward, who had a brief spell at Wigan in 2006, will finish the season with Salford City Reds and take up his new full-time role in south Wales after the World Cup.
The Warriors have close links with South Wales Scorpions, who are coached by Clark, and are keen to expand their coaching network in Wales.
Wales head coach Iestyn Harris, who is assistant to Shaun Wane at Wigan, said: "Jordan has been an integral part of Wales rugby league on the field for the last decade and to now have Jordan sharing his experiences and knowledge to the younger generation of Wales in a coaching capacity is very pleasing."
James, who played for Wrexham-based Crusaders before they withdrew from Super League, said: "Wigan is a massive club and to be offered a chance to work for them was an easy decision to make.
"They are the best at what they do and to learn under their coaching structure as an aspiring coach is the best opportunity you can possibly have.
"I'm looking forward to learning all the key attributes and high values and professionalism that Wigan are so famously known for and using my experience and playing career to help develop some possible Wigan stars of the future."