Wakefield Trinity Wildcats scholarship coach Darren Fisher is hoping he can inspire a big future for Spanish rugby league after he was appointed head coach of Spain’s national team.
Fisher 30, who is also the head coach at Eastmoor Dragons, was formally appointed boss of the Spanish national team this week, when a statement was sent out to the country’s press on Wednesday.
It is a great achievement for the Wakefield man, who admitted that he was surprised when he was offered the job.
He said: “I saw an advert about the game in Spain and the development of a new club in Madrid.
“I enquired and began conversations with the officials over there about how best to develop the game.
“We began to discuss my ideas and philosophy on the game and I then received an email offering me the national job.
“It was a massive surprise and I told them that I was unable to move over to Spain because of my commitments with the Wildcats.
“But they said that I would be able to commute to Spain and combine the job with Trinity and my work as a Yorkshire U19s coach.”
There are currently only five rugby league clubs in Spain but Fisher will now begin the process of scouting players and establishing a national team, with a view to playing a landmark international game next year.
Fisher said: “There are a few players in France and the UK so I will have a good look at them but I want to develop the amateur game in Spain and develop relationships with schools.
“If you look at what Italy have done in recent years then I believe that the same can be done in Spain. If the sport takes off there then I think it could be massive.”
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