The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has named its staff for their 2019 international fixtures. Former Newcastle Knights and Huddersfield Giants boss, Rick Stone has been appointed Head Coach.
He will be assisted by former national team player, George Ndaira, and Lebanon’s U20s and U18s coaches, Michael Habib and Tony Sakr. Sam Ayache has been appointed Operations Manager.
“After a fantastic achievement in reaching the quarter-final of the last World Cup, I am looking forward to continuing the development of the Cedars, and working with the next generation of players coming through our system,” said Stone, whose first match in charge will see old acquaintances renewed, with Lebanon scheduled to play Fiji in June.
The 52-year-old led Fiji through the 2013 World Cup campaign, guiding them to the semi-finals, and continued coaching them until 2014. And in a further twist of fate, Stone’s last match coaching the Bati was a 40-28 victory against Lebanon.
LRLF president Assaad Feghali commented: “We had a lot of interest in the position, and are pleased to be able now to begin working with Rick and his team. His experience, talent and leadership will be pivotal in directing Lebanon in this exciting new era.
“Michael and Tony have been part of the LRLF for a few years now, and have an excellent knowledge of the players who have progressed through our domestic system, which will provide strong support.”
The remaining staff members appointed to support Stone are: Dr Louise Shidiak (team doctor), Efrem Bunhruic (physiotherapist), Hannah Mc Grory (media manager), Mohamad Chahal (logistics), Ross Norman (kit manager).