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RUGBY LEAGUE: The coach of New Zealand’s women’s rugby league team has been re­cruited to lead the Tweed Heads Seag­ulls’ in­au­gu­ral women’s side in 2019, the club an­nounced.

With new coach Kelvin Wright, the club has plucked a fig­ure from the pin­na­cle of women’s rugby league, cap­ping off a bril­liant month in which it an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of the women’s side and un­veiled a foun­da­tion spon­sor­ship part­ner for the team.

The foun­da­tion part­ner, the Gold Coast Air­port, which has taken on the nam­ing rights for the women’s team, af­forded the Tweed Seag­ulls the clout to reel in one of the world’s top coaches.

Tweed Seag­ulls CEO Paul Stephenson has lauded the im­mi­nent ar­rival of the new women’s coach, who he hopes will steer the club on its maiden voy­age into elite com­pe­ti­tion with the world-class ex­per­tise he dis­played as coach of the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns.

“Women’s rugby league is the fastest-grow­ing sec­tor of the game and we couldn’t ask for a bet­ter in­au­gu­ral coach for our women’s team than Kelvin,“he said.

That man, Kelvin Wright, says he can’t wait to get started.

“To be the first ever women’s coach for this leg­endary club is very hum­bling and a great hon­our,” Wright said.

“I have no doubt that we will be able to at­tract great fe­male tal­ent from the re­gion and be­yond and build a strong squad so we can be com­pet­i­tive early on.”

Wright will start his ten­ure with the Seag­ulls at the end of Oc­to­ber, af­ter his fi­nal as­sign­ment with the Kiwi Ferns – part of an Aus­tralia v New Zealand triple-header in Auck­land on Oc­to­ber 13 fea­tur­ing the Kan­ga­roos, Jil­la­roos and Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos – is com­plete.

The Seag­ulls women’s side will join the South­east Queens­land women’s rugby league com­pe­ti­tion in 2019.

To be the first ever women’s coach for this leg­endary club is very hum­bling and a great hon­our. — Kelvin Wright

THE WRIGHT MAN: Newly ap­pointed Seag­ulls women's coach Kelvin Wright is look­ing for­ward to build­ing a strong culture with the in­au­gu­ral women’s side.

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