Stuart Wilkinson new coach of Serbia

Serbia international team have strengthened their coaching staff with 
the appointment of Stuart Wilkinson as a new head coach to link up with 
the team ahead of the 2019 UK tour.

Wilkinson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously 
been on the coaching staff at Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors and has 
internal experience with Great Britain Academy, England, Wales, France 
and Russia.

“I’m really excited about joining such a talented, honest and 
hard-working rugby workforce in Serbia. I had no hesitation accepting 
SRL offer as I’ve worked with several their experienced coaching staff 
over the years”, said Wilkinson.

New SRL head coach is familiar with Serbian players and background.

“Teaming up with some of the experienced players, who have worked at 
Warrington, as well as played regular in the successful Balkan super 
league, will add to my experience. The players have a massive amount of 
experience which they have consistently proved over the years. Belgrade 
has a tradition of producing some of the best players in the Balkan 
super league and being part of Serbia’s system provides an exciting 
challenge to me.”

Wilkinson also took the opportunity to thank his University for the 
chance to gain new experience.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support and cooperation from the 
staff at the University of Central Lancashire School of Sport & 
Wellbeing. I cannot thank them enough as this provides my PhD in talent 
development a rich source of information in high performance 

SRL secretary general Vladan Kikanovic is pleased to have such a big 
name attached to some what of a reclamation project after last year’s 
unsuccessful WC Qualifications.

“Stuart has developed his trade under some very good coaches at some 
very successful clubs and we’re looking forward to what he will bring to 
Serbia. He’s very well thought of within the game and has got a lot of 
experience as a coach, so the input he’ll have into the culture here 
will be invaluable. I’ve known him for a while now and he has never lost 
his enthusiasm for rugby league. He’s a great person to have around the 
squad and he’ll have a big part to play in what we are trying to 

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