Rugby League: Britain to call on Goodway

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Andy Goodway, the former Oldham, Wigan and Great Britain forward, is set to be installed as the Great Britain coach for the series against Australia in November.

Goodway has emerged as favourite for the job after months of deliberation by the Rugby League's technical director, Joe Lydon.

Lydon is to make a recommendation to the League's board of directors, who will discuss it next week before the official announcement. However, Goodway is likely to have the backing of its chief executive, Maurice Lindsay, who signed him as a player for Wigan and has been an admirer of his coaching.

Goodway has not achieved noticeable success at club level and was sacked as coach at Oldham earlier this season. He was persuaded to take the job of coach at Paris and has stabilised the position there to the point where the club now looks likely to avoid relegation from Super League. He is poised to beat his old Wigan team-mate, Andy Gregory, to the top job.

Lydon, however, has already said that he favours a team approach to the task and there could be other appointments to complete the line-up. A League spokesman would not confirm or deny any names yesterday, saying that an announcement was scheduled for early September.

Bobbie Goulding has been sacked as captain of St Helens amid speculation of differences with their coach, Shaun McRae, and fellow players. Goulding missed last night's World Club Championship play-off against Paris because of the illness of his baby daughter, but the side would have been led in any event by Chris Joynt.

The St Helens chairman, Eric Ashton, said: "The board of directors and the coach have discussed Goulding's position and we have decided to remove him. I prefer not to expand on that."

The club has also transfer listed Ian Pickavance at his own request and said that it will listen to any offers for another forward and first-team regular, Chris Morley.

The meeting of the Rugby League Council next month will discuss the imposition of a 50 per cent salary cap and limiting each club to 25 full-time players.

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