Wales sign former England half Stephen Myler
Hidden in the fine print of Wednesday’s important announcement that the WRU awarded 17 new full-time contracts to female players for a six-month period until December 31, was the revelation that the former England half Stephen Myler joined the Wales women’s coach.
Myler, soon to be 38, has lived in Wales since joining the Ospreys in 2020 and committed to play for the region in 2022/23 after agreeing a one-year extension in May, he will now also providing coaching assistance to Ioan Cunningham’s women’s World Cup squad in the months leading up to their departure for the tournament in New Zealand.
Announcing a series of staff updates, a statement from WRU read: “Louise Jones has joined the program as a Performance Psychologist, Cara Jones has been appointed as a Physiotherapist Assistant and there are also additional training resources for summer months. Ospreys halfback Stephen Myler will lend his kicking expertise while Ben Flower will support the team’s work in the contact zone.
Capped by England in 2013, Premiership title winner Myler was reflected last December with Rugby Pass on his popularity with the Ospreys and his ambition to become a coach. “I keep hearing that and it’s interesting, it’s nice. It shows that I’ve contributed since I arrived in the region and that’s all I’ve really focused on,” he said seven months ago of becoming such a popular Englishman in the Wales.
“I’m considering the coaching route,” he added. “Hopefully I’ll do my badges, my level three badge this year, but when that will be, I don’t know yet. I couldn’t give you a specific answer on my immediate plans for next season or something. like this. I’m still gathering information. Hopefully I’ll make a decision soon.
“There are times now when I talk to the players and they don’t know that I grew up in the league and had three or four seasons in the Super League” @heagneyl ??? talk to @ospreys ten @StephenMyler on life in Wales, converting to the union, goal kicks and more #OSPvSAL https://t.co/OEig1PR4Rn
—RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) December 12, 2021
That decision has now been made, with Myler deciding to continue his playing career with the Ospreys and also help coach the improving Wales women’s side who recently finished third in the Six Nations, winning two of their five matches. . They have been drawn to open their World Cup campaign against Scotland on October 9 in Whangarei and confirmation that the former England choice will provide training ground assistance has been warmly welcomed.
“One of the most exciting things, for me, about the announcement of Wales Women is the appointment of Stephen Myler,” tweeted Jess Hayden of The Times, a former Rugby Pass columnist “A kicking coach on a six-month contract is perhaps the best investment the WRU can make in women’s football at this stage. And it’s not just that game or today’s kickers – kicking has been the thorn in Wales’ game in this (Six Nations) tournament.
His enthusiasm was mirrored by rugby specialist Squidge. “On a personal note: Stephen fucking Myler is the new Wales manager. It’s the best day of my life,” he tweeted. “Their kicks were the only real defeat for the Six Nations – a kicking coach was hugely important, and for the northerner without everyone’s favorite chich becomes the best in South Wales? The chef’s kiss.
One of the most exciting things for me about the Wales Women announcement is the appointment of Stephen Myler! https://t.co/gwqz2lKM3c
—Jessica Hayden (@_JessHayden) July 6, 2022
Kicking one of their biggest weaknesses, right? Great to have a focused and experienced legend of the Welsh game on it so…
— Benjamin Greg-Boredom (@BabysGotTheBens) July 6, 2022
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