Daniel Anderson returns – for one game
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Thursday 15 March 2012
The former St Helens coach Daniel Anderson has ruled himself out of a return to the club and backed the team to turn their season round under Royce Simmons.
Anderson was confirmed yesterday as coach of the Exiles team to play England in two internationals this summer. The first game, at Saints' new home, Langtree Park, on 16 June, will bring Anderson back to the town where he enjoyed such success from 2005 to 2008. He denied, however, that he had any ambition to return to club rugby. He has been working in the media since being sacked by Parramatta last season and will coach Samoa in next year's World Cup.
"I'm enjoying what I'm doing now and I don't have the burning desire to get back into [club] coaching," he said.
Saints have taken just one point from their last four games, arousing speculation over Simmons's future. But Anderson said: "They'll be fine; they'll come good."
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