Clarke rails at treatment of 'amateur' British team
Thursday 23 March 2006
The departing Great Britain coach, Phil Clarke, has accused the Rugby League and Super League clubs of lacking commitment to the success of the national team.
Clarke quit this week after five years in the job, despairing of closing the gap on Australia and New Zealand. "We're no closer than we were 15 years ago," he said last night. "I would question the interest from the RFL and the interest from the clubs."
Clarke complained about the lack of time and resources allocated to the Great Britain team. He said: "We're almost amateur in our preparation compared to some Super League teams. Since we lost the fourth Test at the KC Stadium we haven't had a single meeting for Great Britain. So how do we possibly get better?"
Wigan have signed a former St Helens forward, Tim Jonkers, on a one-month loan from Salford to bolster their injury-hit pack, following their failure to bring in Keith Mason.
Ian Millward, who coached Jonkers at St Helens, has put the forward straight into the Wigan squad for the match at Bradford tomorrow.
The Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock is back for Leeds after a knee injury for Saturday's game at Harlequins, whose own injury toll is so severe that they may have to play three newcomers. Duncan James, a scrum-half from their rugby union landlords, is in the squad, along with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Michael Worrincy.
Mick Cassidy, of Widnes, and Paul Rowley, of Leigh, have both been suspended for one match for offences in their Northern Rail Cup game earlier this month.
Latest in Sport
Commonwealth Games 2014 Opening Ceremony: Ewan McGregor launches Unicef charity fundraiser, making £2.5m in one night
Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal subject of £39m bid
Sami Khedira, Isco and Angel di Maria among Real Madrid players up for grabs this summer
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers (and giant cans of Irn Bru) welcome in Glasgow's Games
Louis van Gaal gets tough with Manchester United players, with Darren Fletcher and Luke Shaw berated in public and Phil Jones left looking bemused
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 4 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 5 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains