Lowes enjoying England experience

James Lowes.

Leeds Rhinos First Team Coach James Lowes says he is enjoying the experience of working with the national side again.

Lowes returned to the international fold this Autumn for the first time under Head Coach Wayne Bennett and he says the experience has been a good one and given him the chance to continue to work during the Rhinos off season as he plans ahead for next season.

The former Great Britain hooker commented, “It has been enjoyable to be involved again with the international players and being in this environment. Wayne Bennett has been very friendly and welcomed me into the group. He is a very hands on coach, who gets on the field and gets stuck in during the sessions. He knows what he wants from each session and he is happy for myself and our other assistant coach Paul Wellens to focus on our specific areas within the team.

“There are a good number of players who are still in the squad from when I last worked with the group in 2015 with Steve McNamara. There is always going to be a turnover of players in the international side but this group are down to earth and striving together for the same goal,” added Lowes.

The hooking role is something that English rugby has an embarrassment of riches in at present and Lowes says that bodes well for the national side. He added, “I think James Roby is one of the best nines in the world. He has had another fantastic year and it is a shame he is not involved against the Kiwis. However, in Josh and Daryl we have two excellent options as well. They are two different types of hooker who compliment each other. They remind me of the comparison people used to make between Keiron Cunningham and me. Josh is very controlling and likes to run the plans, a bit like myself, and Keiron’s strength was his running game, which is where Daryl can do some damage for us. It is nice to have that option to come off the bench if you need to do that. There are plenty of people behind those three as well and it is a healthy position for England at the moment.”

England face New Zealand in the remaining two tests at Anfield in Liverpool (November 4) and Elland Road in Leeds (November 11). Tickets start from just £20 and are available from rugby-league.com/tickets