Ian Watson (rugby league)
Ian Watson (born 27 October 1976) is a professional rugby league coach who is the head coach of the Salford Red Devils in the Super League, and a former Welsh international who played as a scrum-half or hooker in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
|Full name||Ian Watson|
|Born||27 October 1976|
Salford, Greater Manchester, England
As of 8 September 2019
He played for the Salford City Reds, Workington Town, Swinton Lions, Widnes Vikings, Rochdale Hornets, Oldham, Halifax and the Leigh Centurions. Watson was a goal-kicker who holds the appearance record for Wales with 30 caps.
Watson started his professional career with the Salford City Reds coming though from local amateur team Eccles RLFC. In July 1996, he joined Workington Town on loan, where he played in the Super League for the first time. He returned to the Salford City Reds for the 1997 season, making 27 appearances for the club. Following the signings of Martin Crompton and Josh White, despite being a firm club favourite Watson was deemed surplus to requirements, and was sold to the Swinton Lions for a fee of £15,000. He spent three years with the Swinton Lions before signing a one-year contract with the Widnes Vikings for the 2001 season. He returned to the Super League a year later, re-joining the Salford City Reds on a one-year deal. Watson played out the remainder of his career in the Championships.
In January 2014, Watson was appointed as player-coach for the Swinton Lions. He left Swinton Lions in July 2014 to join the Salford Red Devils as an assistant coach. In late 2015, Watson was promoted to interim head coach after Iestyn Harris left the club. He was given the job on a permanent basis for 2016, working alongside Director of Rugby Tim Sheens.
Ian Watson holds the record for having won the most caps for Wales. Having made his début against the USA in Philadelphia in 1995, he made 30 appearances for his country, scoring 7 tries and kicking one goal. He played at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. His final appearance for Wales came during the 2011 Four Nations tournament against New Zealand, and he announced his international retirement shortly after.
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