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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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New BARLA GB boss Paul Crarey says Lions will be feared

Ex-Whitehaven boss Paul Crarey has been appointed head coach of BARLA Great Britain.

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Paul Crarey

The Cumbrian, who is coach of the county’s amateur and professional sides, pledged to make the Lions feared throughout the international game.

“An opportunity to coach your country at whatever level comes along once in a lifetime,” he said.

“To be appointed head coach of BARLA is a great honour. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am.

“My whole life is dedicated to rugby league and this just shows that if you put your head down, work hard and dedicate yourself you can achieve your goals.

“At first it never sank in, but just think about it.

“I now have the opportunity to work with some of the finest young men and athletes that our country produces.

“I want to build on the work of my predecessor John Fieldhouse and develop the Great Britain squad into something that is feared throughout the international community.

“Personally I would like to thank Mick Turner, Cumbria County and the BARLA international board for the support they have given me, it has been second to none.

“I aim to work hard to repay the faith they have shown in me.

“I am looking forward to building the squad that will play against South Sydney Rabbitohs Ambassadors in October.

“I will be out scouting through the summer along with the rest of our selectors.”

The appointment comes after Crarey’s success with the BARLA Great Britain Lions on their tour of Dubai last year, when he was in charge of the side in the inaugural Test match against Pakistan and for the Dubai 7s.

BARLA International Manager Mick Turner said: “I already knew what a very good coach Paul was from his deeds as head coach of Cumbria, who last year became the BARLA Three Counties Champions for the first time for four years.

“Whilst in Dubai, I spoke to him on numerous occasions when he outlined his philosophies of coaching and his visions for the future and those qualities and previous experience led me to believe he should take on the role as head coach of BARLA, and retain his role as head coach of BARLA Great Britain Lions.”

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