Ben Cockayne appointed as Academy’s under-16s head coach

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Ben Cockayne appointed as Academy’s under-16s head coach

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to announce the arrival of Ben Cockayne as the club’s new under-16s head coach from 2020.

The former Robins full-back enjoyed ten non-consecutive playing seasons at the club and became a firm fans favourite across his decade-long stint in Red and White.

Cockayne will take up his first professional coaching role at his spiritual home of KCOM Craven Park and the 36-year-old cannot wait to get started in the off-season.

“It’s like it was meant to be. I saw the advert on social media just around the same time I’d made my decision to retire from the game,” Cockayne told

“To have the opportunity to come back to a place that I’m very familiar with and very passionate about is amazing. Hull KR is ingrained into me – to have the chance to give something back, on a different level, really excites me.

“The timing was perfect and I got the call whilst I was on holiday asking for the interview – I was chuffed to then get the job.

“I never really thought throughout my career I could see myself as a coach. I knew I would add some value to pass on, but never figured out how I would do it until now. I wanted people to learn from my mistakes, and be a mentor, and when I saw that this was an under-16s role, what better place to start from than with these youngsters?

“I’m excited at what I’ll be able to pass on in terms of advice. I want to be a good guide for them which is important at that age, alongside coaching rugby league.

“I’ve got an opportunity to instil some of my love and passion for the game here into youngsters. These kids are going to be way more skilful than I ever was, they’re learning so much at such a young age at such a rate here.”

Cockayne will also act as the club’s under-18s assistant coach and joins John Bastian’s Youth team for next season, where he will also link up with former team-mate at the Robins, Jason Netherton.

“I know Jason very well, we were cut from the same cloth as players – willing to work hard and do our best. John is somebody who has so much passion for the youth, which oozes out when you meet him,” Cockayne explained.

“Him and Jason are going to be two people I look up to for the foreseeable future for guidance.”

Cockayne placed on record his thanks to York City Knights, whom he joined after leaving the Robins at the end of the 2017 campaign.

“It’s fair to say I got a new lease of life when I went to York – I enjoyed the game again, the coaching staff and the players’ standards were extremely high which is something I valued,” he said.

“Having that experience with York was fantastic and I’m very grateful to them after coming to an agreement at the end of my playing career to join Hull KR.”

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