Press Release – Russia Appoints Vinny Webb as Head Coach

RLEF Media office, Phil Caplan

The Russian Association of Rugby League Clubs, the governing body of the sport in the country, has appointed Englishman Vinny Webb as coach of the national side for this year when Russia will play in the European Zone World Cup qualifiers for the 2013 tournament.

Webb, 49, the Rugby Football League’s Head of Coaching, formerly coached Georgia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers. “I’m delighted to be working with the Russian national team this year,” he said. “Russia is a sleeping giant of the game and I’m looking forward to seeing how they operate throughout the year and spending some time with the players and the coaches.”

Throughout a notable coaching career, Webb was first involved on the world stage when leading BARLA to victory in the Emerging Nations competition that ran alongside the 2000 World Cup, defeating an Anthony Minichiello-led Italy in the final. He has worked closely with the England Academy side over the last decade which last autumn defeated the touring Australian Schoolboys.

Interim Russia coach Eduard Ososkov welcomed Webb’s arrival. “The appointment of Vinny Webb as head coach of the Russian national team is good news for all of us as we are keen to bring something new into the coaching process while preparing for the 2013 RLWC qualifying games,” he commented. “We need to work closely with highly qualified coaches and hope that with Vinny assistance we will be a lot more confident and skilled.”

Webb will pay his first visit to Moscow in May to run a training camp, which will be attended by the elite players drawn from Russia’s first tier clubs. Russia rejoined international competition last year when they won the European Shield East, defeating Ukraine and Latvia. Now they face Italy, Serbia and Lebanon in the qualifiers which will present the re-building Bears considerably tougher opponents.

The medium-term target is preparing Russia to participate in the re-vamped European Shield, which becomes a biennial championship from 2012, with Russia, Serbia and Italy and one of Germany and Ukraine set to participate.


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8 Responses to “Press Release – Russia Appoints Vinny Webb as Head Coach”

  1. Robbo says:

    Great to see Russia appoint someone from outside the inner sanctum for their head coach. I believe the most important part of development for flegling nations is having a good coaching structure in place.

  2. Corey says:

    Great news. Hopefully they can also get a world class ref to coach the refs as well. The worst thing is having a team that has a set of rules play against a team with another set of rules.

    All in all though, Russia is not lost.

  3. Chris Sanders says:

    So the Roar told the whole world that Russian Rugby League was on it’s last legs in March 2010?
    A bit wrong weren’t they and not only did that lot end up with egg on their faces,now they got to eat humbie pie as well.
    Where there’s smoke there’s fire because Russian Rugby League is the Prize Jewel in the whole Rugby League Crown.
    It’s as big as Texas and I welcome Webb’s appointment with glee instead of the wankers we had going there in the past from abroad[with the obvious exception of Tas and Tim Sheens]stuffing the whole process up because they were too busy to see what was in it for them especially when Kamaldinov was in power.

  4. Chris Sanders says:

    And Dino Vikas in Moscow is a World Class Referee and has the structures in place and about time you lot went to Russia to get the facts and stop making assumptions all the time.
    Get ya facts right before you lot talk about Russia and not to rely on second or third hand information all the time.

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