Former England international Jason Robinson has thrown his support behind Jamaica following their qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Robinson, who played for England in the World Cup in both rugby codes, has been appointed as the Reggae Warriors’ joint operations director based in the UK.
Robinson, who was recently elected onto the Super League Man of Steel panel for 2019, will share the role with the founder of Rugby AM Alex Simmons.
“The JRLA board is delighted to have Jason and Alex on board directing operations in the UK,” said Jamaica RL director of rugby and head coach Romeo Monteith.
“Jason will no doubt inspire players in Jamaica and galvanise support for us in the UK and with both the guys’ input, we hope to leave a lasting legacy from our historic qualification.”
Jamaica, who beat Canada and the US to secure their first ever qualification and a place among the 16 teams for the England-based tournament, say their success has prompted several high-profile Super League players to throw in their lot with the Warriors.
Jamaica say they will reveal the identities of the new recruits shortly, along with a number of ambassadors and business deals.
Robinson said: “We have an opportunity to make a difference. We have a duty to our heritage to make this work for every young Jamaican.
“This is an exciting journey for everyone, the achievement thus far led by Romeo has been unbelievable. Now the real difference is how we all come together to ensure we achieve the long term vision.
“We have to inspire the next generation and create something for young people to identify with, to capture the hearts and minds of every Jamaican, whether based on the island or here in the UK.
“We want to bring the carnival, colour and our culture to the World Cup 2021.”