Wakefield Wildcats coach Drury named stand-in head coach of England youth squads

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats coach Tony Drury has been named as stand-in head coach of the England youth squad ahead of Easter test matches against France and Wales.

Drury, who’s head of youth development at Wakefield, was picked to replace Dave Elliot, who withdrew from the role for personal reasons.

He was assistant coach with the squad last season and was due to take on the same role this year before being picked to replace Elliot.

“It’s nice to get the responsibility and the backing of the RFL to head it up and it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss,” said Drury.

“I wish it could have been in different circumstances that had allowed me to step in but you’ve got to take your opportunities whilst they’re there and hopefully do a good job and go from there.

“I’m looking forward to working with a different level of player and looking at their attitudes and their commitment, then compare them with our players at this club and benchmark them against the England players.”

Drury will take charge of the squad for a ten-day camp, which indcludes a two-test clash in France. A second youth squad, which includes Wildcats’ youngster Kieran Holt, will take on Wales.

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