Rugby League: Huddersfield Giants sack coach Rick Stone after poor begin to Tremendous League season


Huddersfield’s Rick Stone has turn out to be the primary Tremendous League teaching casualty of the season.

The 51-year-old Australian has been sacked by the Giants simply two months into the season with the crew subsequent to backside of the desk after successful solely two of their opening seven matches.

Stone, previously with Newcastle Knights within the NRL, succeeded Paul Anderson on the John Smith’s Stadium in the summertime of 2016 and his contract was up on the finish of this season.

Assistant coach Chris Thorman has been positioned in momentary cost forward of Friday’s dwelling recreation towards champions Leeds.

Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis stated: “It is a very difficult call for any club to make in respect of the head coach but the board felt that a change was needed and that the change should be made sooner rather than later with much of the season still to run.”

Stone was unable to forestall Huddersfield ending within the backside 4 in 2016 however guided them to security by way of the Tremendous 8s Qualifiers and final season steered them to a top-eight end.

He just lately spoke of his need to increase his keep however the Giants are as soon as extra deep in hassle, having misplaced 38-6 to promoted Hull KR of their final dwelling recreation, and so they conceded 9 tries in a 48-10 hammering at Wigan final Friday.

Thewlis added: “Rick Stone is an impressive man, character and coach however the outcomes for us merely have not labored out as anybody would have wished for.

“Everybody right here can be upset to see Rick go away as he’s a very fashionable man however with this resolution now made we give attention to supporting Chris Thorman within the function with the popularity that we are going to be inundated with gives of names wanting to come back in – all of which we’ll consider within the fullness of time.

“Chris understands this but he also understands that this is an opportunity for him to put himself forward too as he knows he is very highly thought of in our club.”

Thorman, 37, loved two spells as a participant at Huddersfield and captained them within the 2006 Problem Cup remaining towards St Helens at Twickenham.

The Wallsend-born stand-off additionally performed for Sheffield Eagles, Hull, Parramatta, London Broncos and York earlier than rejoining the Giants as assistant coach in 2013.

Thorman holds the report for the quickest hat-trick of tries scored from the beginning of a match after reaching the feat after six minutes and 54 seconds of Huddersfield’s Nationwide League Cup semi-final towards Doncaster in 2002.