Warriors Coach Celebrates World Cup Success

Warriors Head of Coach & Player Development, Ray Unsworth, this week returned from the Defence Forces World Cup in Australia having guided the Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League side to victory.

The Lions defeated PNG, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia in the group stages before again beating Australia 26-16 in the World Cup Final at Sydney Football Stadium.

Ray Unsworth said,

Unsworth_World_Cup08_170.jpg "I was involved with the combined services at the outset in 1998 and I was proud to again coach them, this time in the very first Defences World Cup.

"Services Rugby League has gone from strength-to-strength during the past 10 years as result of the attention to detail both in the playing calendar and their preparation for this event.

"The players are of an excellent standard; they are very professional and focussed and their achievement was a result of the processes they have put in place.

"It is a satisfying experience for me to coach the World Cup winners and a privilege to be involved with everyone who has helped make that happen."

The RFL’s Executive Chairman, Richard Lewis congratulated the team on their spectacular World Cup triumph, where they joined the England Wheelchair Rugby League team in lifting the World Cup, after they beating hosts Australia 44-12 in Sydney.

"On behalf of everyone at the RFL I would like to congratulate the England Wheelchair Rugby League and Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League teams on their fantastic achievements" he commented.

"Both teams have done superbly well to travel out to Australia and win every game despite gruelling schedules. We are very proud these players who have represented their countries with great distinction."

The Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League team was comprised of players from the British army, the Royal Navy and the RAF.

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