Knights coach for World Cup

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DONCASTER Knights’ defensive coach Neil Kelly has been appointed coach to Namibia’s 2011 World Cup team.

The Namibian team will contest Pool D in New Zealand in September along with seeded South Africa, Samoa, Fiji and Wales.

The 49 year-old, who coached at international level (Wales) during his time in rugby league, joined Knights at the start of last season where he worked well alongside team boss Lynn Howells and his No 2 Brett Davey, the new director of rugby at the club.

Better known in league circles, where he steered Widnes Vikings into the Super League, Kelly was named Super League Coach of the Year the following season.

Kelly’s only previous coaching experience in the 15 a-side-code prior to joining the Castle Park club, was a 30-month stint at Ulster as defence coach.

One of three brothers who played professional rugby league, Kelly also steered hometown club Dewsbury to promotion during his spell in charge.

Former Knights’ winger Andy Wright, who left the club at the end of last season, has joined Championship rivals Esher.