Aaron Zimmerle returns for second stint as coach of the Canada Wolverines

TORONTO — Aaron Zimmerle is back as head coach of the Canada Wolverines men's rugby league team.

The Canadian job came open when Australian incumbent Ben Fleming's three-year term came to a close. Zimmerle was in charge of the Wolverines' 2015 Rugby League World Cup qualifying series.

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"Personally, coaching the Canadian Wolverines is both the culmination of my Canadian-born heritage and my Australian-raised rugby league culture," Zimmerle said in a statement. "It is my life journey and greatest honour."

Zimmerle assumes the role immediately, with a goal of helping the Wolverines qualify for the 2025 World Cup.

Jamaica's Reggae Warriors beat Canada 38-8 in November 2018 en route to winning the Americas Championship and qualifying for the 16-team World Cup next year in England.

Canada finished third at the Americas Championship after beating Chile 62-12.

The Canadian men are currently ranked 27th in the world — sandwiched between Spain and Nigeria. That low ranking is partially due to inactivity, however.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 14, 2020.

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