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Matterson to coach US Tomahawks at Rugby League World Cup

North Queensland assistant coach Terry Matterson will be in charge of the United States' rugby league World Cup campaign.

The 46-year-old Australian, who is a premiership winner with the Brisbane Broncos, has stepped into the breach following the decision of Brian Smith to step down from the role due to a pressing family engagement.

Matterson, a former captain of London Broncos who was in charge of Castleford for six seasons between 2006 and 2011, is the Tomahawks' third head coach in two months after Matthew Elliott stepped down in August to concentrate on his duties with New Zealand Warriors.

"This is a really good opportunity and I know how good the experience was for Matt Elliott," said Matterson, who was assistant coach to Brian McClennan for the Exiles' win over England in the inaugural international origin match in 2011.

"This will be a fantastic chance for myself and the players in helping to spread the gospel of rugby league and perhaps even shock a few people.

"I'm thrilled to accept the job."

The Tomahawks are due to play a warm-up match against France in Toulouse on October 18, before opening their first World Cup campaign against Cook Islands on October 30. They also play group matches against Wales and Scotland.

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