Brian McClennan will coach the Exiles against England in June
Last Updated: 21/03/13 2:46pm
Brian McClennan: Back as Exiles coach for 2013 clash with England
Former Leeds coach Brian McClennan will take charge of the Exiles in this year's International Origin clash with England.
The former Kiwis boss guided the Super League-based overseas side to victory in the inaugural match in 2011 but was forced to relinquish the role after being appointed as New Zealand Warriors head coach.
Former St Helens boss Daniel Anderson took over for last year's two-game series but he has moved into a role as referee's chief in the NRL.
"The Origin game is a fantastic concept and, with the Rugby League World Cup on the horizon, this year's match is going to have more riding on it than ever before," said McClennan, who was axed by the Warriors last summer.
"It's a hugely-important fixture for England as they look towards the World Cup and for all the Kiwi and Aussie boys in Super League it has special meaning.
"Many of them know that they aren't going to be considered for rep footy when they sign for a Super League club and the Exiles gives them that chance.
"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.
"The Origin game is a fantastic concept and, with the Rugby League World Cup on the horizon, this year's match is going to have more riding on it than ever before."
"I saw the games last year and they were terrific spectacles. One match is just about right and I think we'll see even more intense competition this time."
McClennan, who was assisted by then Castleford head coach Terry Matterson in 2011, will now begin putting together his backroom staff but says he has maintained close contact with the English game.
"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 for Steve McNamara. 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 match takes place at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium on 14 June.