Catalans land new coach
Catalans Dragons have appointed former England boss Steve McNamara to replace former boss Laurent Frayssinous as head coach.
The French side were fancied to do well this season but their form has been patchy at best and they languish ninth in the Betfred Super League table, three points behind eight-placed Wigan Warriors.
That run of form led to the parting of the ways with former coach Frayssinous and sees McNamara replace him.
The 45-year-old former Hull, Bradford and Huddersfield forward, who was in charge of England from 2010 to 2015, has spent the last three and a half years working as an assistant coach in the NRL.
He was initially with Sydney Roosters and more recently with the Auckland-based Warriors but he will give up that role, and the one of assistant to New Zealand head coach David Kidwell, to take up his position in France.
McNamara told the club's website: "I am honoured to be appointed as the Head Coach of the Catalans Dragons.
"The club has a huge potential and I look forward to working closely with the current group of staff and players, helping the team to improve in all areas of our performance and organisation."
His first test will come this weekend when Catalan take on Warrington away on Saturday.
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