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Tuesday, October 26, 1999 Published at 22:59 GMT 23:59 UK

Sport: Rugby League

Broncos capture top Aussie

Monie won every trophy going in his first four season at Wigan

Australian coach John Monie, who took rugby league giants Wigan to four league and cup doubles in the early 1990s, is set to take over as coach of the London Broncos.

The veteran former Parramatta coach, who was forced out of Wigan four months ago, is believed to have rejected an offer from Hull in order to succeed Les Kiss at the Broncos.

Kiss became the third coach to leave The Stoop in less than 12 months when he left for personal reasons at the end of the season.

Monie, who left Wigan in June when he was asked to make way for Andy Goodway, has been offered the opportunity to coach South Africa in next year's World Cup.

He was also thought to be high on the list for the vacant job at Hull if their merger with Gateshead was approved.

Old pals

But Monie is now expected to join up with his old Central Park captain Shaun Edwards, who is in his second stint with London.

Monie first joined Wigan in 1989 and under his guidance the club won 14 trophies including the league and cup double in each of his four successive seasons.

He returned in 1997 and took Wigan to the 1998 Grand Final, where they beat Leeds.

But defeat in this year's Challenge Cup and five early league losses left the country's most ambitious club looking for new impetus.

Monie was offered a managerial role alongside Goodway, but opted to leave Central Park instead.

Wigan woe

Goodway looked to have revived Wigan's season but it ended in huge disappointment when a shock play-off defeat to Castleford left them without a trophy for the first time fifteen years.

The Broncos also had a poor season.

They failed to qualify for the play-off for the first time in their history and came only eighth in the table.

As a result the club off-loaded some big-name players - Martin Offiah being the most prominent casualty - and will be looking to Monie to help attract the new blood they need to launch their assault on the 2000 season.

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