McNamara heading Down Under ?

England RL coach Steve McNamara
England RL coach Steve McNamara Credit: ITV Yorkshire

England Rugby League coach Steve McNamara appears to be set for a move to Australia's NRL with the Sydney Roosters.

The 42-year-old's contract with the Rugby Football League ended after the recent World Cup and although he said in the aftermath it was a position he did not want to relinquish easily, he was quickly linked with a cross-code move to Bath.

Gary Gold's departure as Bath's director of rugby this week lent weight to that story, but reports in Australia now suggest he is poised to join the NRL champions and serve as an assistant to Trent Robinson.

Neither the RFL or Sydney have confirmed the switch, but a tweet from McNamara's media officer appeared to suggest he had opted to head Down Under and stay in the 13-a-side code.

"Absolutely delighted that Steve McNamara will be staying in Rugby League. A great bloke and one of the most underrated coaches in the game," tweeted Danny Reuben, who was a key member of McNamara's support staff with England.

If McNamara is leaving the job, the likes of Leeds Rhino's Brian McDermott and Wigan's Shaun Wane can expect to be highlighted as possible replacements.

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