Jamie Peacock handed England role for Four Nations

Hull KR Head of Rugby Jamie Peacock MBE has been added to Wayne Bennett’s staff as England Team Manager for this year’s Four Nations.

The former Great Britain and England forward will be responsible for team planning and logistics, day-to-day management of the tournament programme, manage relationships with the RFL, clubs and sponsors and will lead on player support.

The former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls player announced his retirement from the international game in 2012 to further his domestic career which he continued until 2015 with the Rhinos before taking up the role of Head of Rugby with Hull Kingston Rovers – a role which he will continue to do whilst on England duty.

On his appointment, Peacock said: “I feel privileged to have been offered the position of England Team Manager. Representing my country whilst playing was always the proudest moments of my career and being the England Team manager will feel exactly the same.

““I watched every game of last year’s series win over New Zealand and you could see the belief amongst this squad – these are special times for England with Wayne Bennett in charge and Sam Burgess returning. I’m looking forward to being part of a winning England set-up.

“Having spent plenty of time with the national sides, I know my experiences will enable me to contribute fully to the role and to the team. I will bring the same level of passion, commitment and diligence I had as a player to this new role, values I expect every England member will also bring.”

England coach Wayne Bennett said: “Jamie was always a player who did his best for his country and thrived in the international game. Having him in camp with the squad is another positive to add to the belief that England can go on and achieve great things.”