Schofield leaves Barrow after five games

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Garry Schofield's return to club coaching is over after just five matches. The former Great Britain captain and joint record cap-winner ended a 13-year exile by taking the job at Championship club, Barrow, and promising an expansive brand of attacking rugby.

But he has left after the club failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Northern Rail Cup by losing two of their matches at the group stage. After that, the Barrow chairman, Des Johnston, accused the playing and coaching staff of being "over-paid and under-performing".

After a meeting with him yesterday, Schofield left the club, which is one of three applicants for promotion to Super League next year. He remains the coach of South Africa for their campaign to qualify for the 2013 World Cup.

Another coach to lose his job is Ireland's Andy Kelly. He and his assistants, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor, led the Irish to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2008, but Rugby League Ireland have decided on a restructuring and will advertise the post.

Lee Briers has agreed a one-season contract extension for 2012 that will bring his stint with Warrington to 15 years. Luke Robinson has been passed fit to make his first appearance of the season for Super League Huddersfield on Friday.