Leigh Centurions: Beaumont bangs drum for Rowley to be next England coach

England celebrate a Test series win over New Zealand. Photo: David Hurst
England celebrate a Test series win over New Zealand. Photo: David Hurst
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LEIGH coach Paul Rowley would make England’s national rugby league team more entertaining to watch believes Leigh’s head of rugby Derek Beaumont.

Writing in his exclusive Leigh Observer column, Beaumont said that while he congratulated England on their series win over New Zealand, he wasn’t especially impressed with the style of rugby on show from Steve McNamara’s men.

“The style of rugby was far from entertaining, save for the last Kiwi try, which was worth the trip to the DW in its own right,” said Beaumont.

“While I congratulate the team on their victory and support the statement you can only play what is in front of you, I did feel we could and should have performed better against a Kiwi side with so many players missing.

“I never like to criticise individuals but teams play to the coach’s structures, and this is why I echo the comments of Garry Schofield who has previously suggested Paul Rowley for the England job.

“I really do believe that had Paul been at the helm his style of play would have seen our quality out wide run riot.

“While we won the series – which is all a coach can do – I believe that under Paul we would have won in an emphatic style. Maybe that is something for him to aim for down the line. Time will tell.”