SYDNEY (AP) Former Australia coach Rick Stuart has announced he will quit the Cronulla Sharks at the end of the National Rugby League season. Stuart said Monday he has asked for a release from the final year of his coaching contract, which was set to end in 2011.
The club said he will be replaced by his current assistant, Shane Flanagan. The Sharks have won just eight of their past 34 matches over two seasons.
This year, they are in 15th place of 16 teams with a record of three wins and seven losses. Stuart played for the Canberra Raiders and the Bulldogs from 1988 to 2000 and appeared in nine test matches for Australia.
The former Sydney Roosters coach led Australia from 2006-2008, winning 10 of 11 matches.