Rugby League: Goodway to coach Britain until 2000

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ANDY GOODWAY has been confirmed as Great Britain coach until the year 2000 - ending speculation that Malcolm Reilly will be reinstated in his old job when he returns to this country later this year.

Goodway took charge of Great Britain for the first time for the series against Australia last autumn and was supposed to coach the national side in the deferred World Cup this year.

Now both he and the team manager, Phil Lowe, have been given extended contracts. "We believe that Great Britain made significant strides with a young team against the best players in the world," the League's chief executive, Neil Tunnicliffe, said.

"We are now backing our judgement and giving Andy the chance to continue that good work over an extended period.''

Goodway is also assistant coach at Wigan and there was conjecture that a role would be found for Reilly, who is returning after a successful period coaching the Newcastle Knights.

The former Great Britain captain, Garry Schofield, has selected himself in the squad for Huddersfield's match at Halifax tomorrow. Schofield, Huddersfield's coach, had intended to play only in emergencies this season, but he has a long injury list and will start the game - Halifax' first at their new home at The Shay - on the bench.

St Helens will be without their new signing, Paul Davidson, for the Good Friday derby against Wigan. Davidson has been suspended for one match for use of the elbow at Salford on Sunday. Saints are also likely to be without the latest addition to their injury list, Tommy Martyn, although his knee injury is not thought to be serious.

League chiefs are confident that they will be able to find the new clubs to turn the Second Division, which kicks off tomorrow, into something very different next season.

Applications have been invited from amateur sides and clubs in development areas for next season. The general manager of the First and Second Division Association, Bob Scott, said that eight had already expressed interest.

"If we hadn't believed we could find those clubs, we would not have pursued this line of action," the chairman of the Rugby League, Sir Rodney Walker, said.

Three of the eight sides starting their campaign tomorrow will be promoted to the enlarged First Division, with a minimum of three newcomers making up the numbers.