NSW announce new Women's team coach

The NSWRL have announced Andrew Patmore as the coach of the Harvey Norman Women’s NSW State of Origin team for their defence of the Shield this year.

Patmore served as an assistant coach to former coach Ben Cross, who stepped down at the end of last season to pursue an opportunity at the Brisbane Broncos.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be appointed as the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s coach,” Patmore said.

“It’s outstanding, a huge honour ... and there’s a big responsibility that comes with the job.

“I’m confident of where we’re going and what we’re doing. The women’s game is rapidly changing and the inaugural Women’s Origin game last year was one of those great nights of footy."

Patmore is currently the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Pathways Performance Manager and has coaching experience with the club’s teams in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW and the NRL’s former National Youth Competition, as well as the Junior Kangaroos.

“Andrew was a natural choice for the position once Ben Cross was unavailable,” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said.

“He did a great job as an assistant coach last year and I’m confident that will continue as head coach this season as the NSW Women’s State of Origin team look to defend the Shield.”