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Carnegie appoint new boss

Yorkshire Carnegie have appointed Gary Mercer, 48, as their new Head Coach ahead of the new Greene King IPA Championship season.

Gary Mercer signs for Yorkshire Carnegie Credit: Press Association

Previous coach James Lowes left to take charge of relegated Rugby League side Bradford Bulls.

Former New Zealand Rugby League international Mercer has worked for the last decade with the Scottish Rugby Union, coaching youth and senior players, as well as being part of the coaching staff at professional club Glasgow Warriors.

During his playing career he played Rugby League for Bradford, Warrington, Leeds and Halifax and began his coaching career in league with Halifax, Castleford and Oldham. He switched to Rugby Union in 2004 with Glasgow Warriors in an assistant coach’s role with responsibility for defence, attack and skills.

I spoke to James Lowes about the squad and the environment at the club and he encouraged me to consider the job. From my time in Yorkshire as a player and a coach, I am aware of the raw pool of talent that is available and I think we are in a great position to capitalise on that now. The squad and the coaching team last season did a fantastic job and came so close to reaching their goal, our challenge now is to go even further next season

– Gary Mercer, Yorkshire Carnegie Coach