Melbourne Storm NRL assistant coach Jason Ryles will finish with the club at the end of the 2020 season to take up a position as skills coach with the England rugby union team.
Ryles first joined Storm as a player in 2012 and played 47 games across two seasons before retiring at the end of the 2013 season.
He then returned to Melbourne as a member of our coaching staff in 2016 and helped Storm to a premiership success in 2017, two other grand final appearances as well as last season’s minor premiership.
Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi said Ryles had made a significant contribution to the club’s on-field success.
“While it will be with some sadness that we will farewell Jason and his family at the end of the season, we respect his decision to accept such a unique opportunity to further his coaching abroad with an international team,” Ponissi said.
“Over the last four seasons under Craig Bellamy’s mentorship, he has developed into an impressive coach.
“He has been a key, respected and popular member of our coaching team and has impressed everyone here with his tactical knowledge and work ethic, as well as his passion to continually get better.
“He has especially done an outstanding job with our forwards over the last 4 seasons.
“Most importantly, Jason is strongly committed and determined to making his final year at Storm another successful season and we look forward to his important contribution once again.”
Jason Ryles said: “I’d like to thank Storm for the great opportunities the club have given me both as a player and a coach.
“I’ve loved my time at this club, working alongside a great group of coaches and players, and our family has certainly enjoyed life here in Melbourne.
“I have to especially acknowledge Craig and Frank for the guidance and help they’ve given me over the years I’ve spent here.
“They’ve provided me with strong foundation for my coaching going forward and for that I’m truly thankful.
“Linking with the England rugby team is going to be new challenge but first we have a new NRL season to look forward to.
“Everyone at Storm, including myself, is strongly focused on making it a successful one.”