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NRL Tigers lose assistant coach to England

Ian Laybourn 12/09/2011 05:19:04 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers' assistant coach Peter Gentle will leave the NRL club at the end of the season to link with English Super League side Hull FC.

Gentle, who turned down Salford earlier this year, will succeed Richard Agar at the end of the season after signing a three-year contract.

Gentle was recommended to Hull by new director of rugby Shaun McRae.

"His experience speaks for itself and having cut his teeth with the Tigers and Australia," said McRae.

"He has earned the chance to take on a role as head coach and we are delighted that he will be doing that with us at Hull FC."

He is the second Tigers' assistant to land a head coaching role in the English competition in the past 12 months, following Royce Simmons' appointment at St Helens at the start of 2011.

Gentle will relinquish his roles as No.2 to Tim Sheens both at the Tigers and with the Australian national team to take up his Super League post.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to take over as the head coach at Hull FC and the chance to test myself in Super League," he said.

"It is a really exciting challenge for me and my family and to be handed the chance to coach at such a prestigious club like Hull, with their history and heritage, will be a proud moment and an honour."

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