Wigan's Betts to take up coaching

Kieran Daley
Friday 21 December 2001 01:00
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The Wigan forward Denis Betts has decided to retire in order to concentrate on a career in coaching.

The 32-year-old is to take up a post with Wigan's Under-17 side. He made 368 appearances in two spells with Wigan, having also enjoyed a two-year stint with the Auckland Warriors. He won 32 caps for the Lions and four for England.

Betts, who retired from international rugby last year, said: "It is a badly kept secret that I will be coaching the under-17s this season and for the next three years. I am also retiring from playing – a decision I have not taken lightly. I have been given an opportunity and I see this as the start of something rather than the end of something.

"I am very fortunate to have been involved in rugby league and particularly Wigan. Wigan is the greatest club in the world and I have been part of that great club for many years and will continue to be part of that club."

Castleford have offered a full-time contract to the 18-year-old loose forward or stand-off Richard Blakeway.

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