Former NRL Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone has been appointed head coach for the Sydney Roosters NRL Women's team for 2019.
The 52-year-old coached the Knights in 72 games in two stints across four seasons. His experience goes beyond Australian soil having spent time at English Super League club Huddersfield but was sacked last year for performance-based reasons.
Currently, Stone has a coaching role with CRL Newcastle in the NSW Harvey Norman Women's Premiership where the team sits third on the ladder.
Stone replaces foundation coach Adam Hartigan, who has chosen to focus on his full-time role at the Roosters as football and recruitment manager.
"It’s exciting to see the rapid rate at which women’s rugby league is evolving," Stone said.
“The NRLW provides a genuine pathway to elite competition for players, and I’m pleased to assume the role of Head Coach for the Sydney Roosters NRL Women’s side.
“This is a new challenge for me and I’m really looking forward to being involved with the team at the Roosters."
Contract discussions are set to begin with Stone now appointed with the team needing to find replacements for Nakia Davis-Welsh and Taleena Simon who are set to be unavailable.
For the 2019 season, clubs are set to be operating under a points salary cap system.
Each club will be allowed to sign 22 players whose value totals a minimum of 120 points and a maximum of 160 points, with a player worth:
- 10 points if they played for the Jillaroos or Kiwi Ferns;
- Eight points if they played State of Origin for NSW or Queensland;
- Four points if they represented the PM’s XIII against the PNG Orchids in Port Morseby, and;
- Three points if they played at the National Championships.