League ace Har­ris back in Union

The Rugby Paper - - News - JON NEWCOMBE

IESTYN Har­ris is back in Rugby Union for the first time since he re­turned north to play for Brad­ford Bulls in 2004.

The for­mer Wales fly-half has taken up a po­si­tion as coach­ing con­sul­tant to Pre­ston Grasshop­pers who have just been rel­e­gated to the fifth tier of English rugby.

Har­ris will work along­side newly-ap­pointed head coach Paul Arnold as ‘Hop­pers at­tempt to bounce back after fin­ish­ing bot­tom of Two North by a dis­tance.

The 40-year-old’s media, after-din­ner speak­ing and player man­age­ment com­mit­ments will limit his in­volve­ment at Light­foot Green to a bit-part role.

Har­ris won 25 Wales caps dur­ing his three-year stint in Union and ap­peared at the 2003 World Cup as well as play­ing for Cardiff.

He was linked with the as­sis­tant backs coach job at the Arms Park in 2013 but de­cided to stay in Rugby League with Wi­gan.

Har­ris left his as­sis­tant coach role at Wi­gan to join Sal­ford in April 2014, but he lasted just over a year in the job be­fore be­ing frozen out.

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