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Smith quits Tomohawks coaching job

The United States squad is in disarray only weeks out from the start of the rugby league World Cup after head coach Brian Smith reportedly quit.
Smith quits Tomohawks coaching job
by AAP

By Ian Laybourn

LONDON, Oct 3 PA - The United States squad is in disarray only weeks out from the start of the rugby league World Cup after head coach Brian Smith reportedly quit.

Fairfax Media is reporting on Thursday night that former NRL coach Smith has resigned due to a family matter.

He is the second coach to withdraw from the job after current Warriors coach Matthew Elliott left in August.

"There's just been something come up that I really couldn't miss, unfortunately," Smith said.

Despite the coaching drama, United States selectors named their 24-man World Cup squad on Thursday.

Former Hull KR favourite Clint Newton and ex-Castleford half-back Ryan McGoldrick, who was on Thursday released by Salford, are among those named in the squad, which contains 10 players born in America.

Newton, who was born in South Carolina while his golfing father Jack was competing in the 1981 US Open, spent four seasons with Hull KR before returning to his Australian club Penrith for 2012.

Captain Joseph Paulo, 25, and older brother Junior are among the NRL-based players.

The Tomahawks are due to play a warm-up match against France in Toulouse on October 18 before opening their campaign against Cook Islands at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol, on October 30. They also play Wales and Scotland in their first World Cup.





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