Rugby League

McClennan named as Exiles boss for International Origin clash

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It has been announced that former Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McClennan will take charge of the Exiles for this year's International Origin clash with England.

The New Zealander was in charge of the Super League-based overseas side in the first ever clash back in 2011 and helped the side to a 16-12 win, however, he had to leave the role after becoming the New Zealand Warriors head coach.

Daniel Anderson then took over the post but the former St Helens boss had to relinquish the post after becoming the NRL's referee's chief.

McClennan revealed he his happy with regaining the role and feels it's a ideal warm up for England before the World Cup later this year.

He told Sky Sports: "I had a great time two years ago. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved with the Exiles and I'm looking forward to replicating the spirit we had in camp in 2011.

"It's a hugely-important fixture for England as they look towards the World Cup."

McClennan will be assembling his own backroom staff and admits he's been impressed with what he has seen this season.

"We get all the televised Super League games on TV down here in New Zealand and I have been impressed by what I've seen," he added.

"England have more depth now than they've ever had and that can only be a good thing. There are also a lot of very talented overseas players in the competition and I know the chance to play for the Exiles will see them up their game."

The game will take place on June 14 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.

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