St Helens have announced the man to replace Justin Holbrook as new head coach.
Stepping into the role from 1 November is Kristian Woolf, who has signed a two-year deal with the club, with the option of an extra year in the club’s favour.
Saints say Woolf was selected “after an extensive search, including coaches from across the world”.
They add that Woolf has “beaten off strong competition which included both young, up and coming as well as experienced personnel”.
Woolf arrives from NRL side Newcastle Knights where he had been an Assistant Coach, and more recently interim Head Coach, following the departure of former Saint Nathan Brown.
Over his five years as coach of Tonga, Woolf improved the nation’s world ranking from 14th to 4th and guided them to the semi-finals of the World Cup back in 2017, defeating New Zealand along the way – the first time that a tier-two team had defeated a tier-one team.
He has also served as assistant coach of NRL side Brisbane and was head coach of Intrust Super Cup side Townsville Blackhawks.