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Warrington Wolves name Willie Poching as assistant

Willie Poching
Poching played for both New Zealand and Samoa at international level

Warrington Wolves have appointed Willie Poching as their new assistant coach following James Lowes' departure.

The 37-year-old, who left the backroom team at Leeds at the end of the season, is coach of the Samoan national side.

Poching, who had playing spells at Wakefield and Leeds, was forced to retire at Headingley in 2006 due to a serious knee injury.

It was at Leeds where the ex-Samoa and New Zealand international first worked with Warrington coach Tony Smith.

He told the club website: "I'm looking forward to working with world-class players once again.

"The club has had some successes in the past and I'm sure there's more just round the corner. I'm excited and ready to play my part within the club."

Warrington coach Smith told the club website: "I'm really looking forward to working with Willie again.

"Having worked with him before I know his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. He can bring a lot to our side and will help us become a better team and club."

England assistant coach Lowes left Warrington last Friday to join Brian McDermott's coaching staff at Leeds.

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