Ireland, then-captained by Liam Finn, won two out of their four 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches, including a 34-6 victory against rivals Wales in Perth.
On the announcement, Swinton Lions Chairman Andy Mazey said “I speak on behalf of the board and everyone at Swinton Lions by congratulating Stuart on this appointment. Working with Stuart closely I see his qualities first hand as it’s pleasing that he has been recognised by others in the game.
“The job he has here at Swinton is not an easy one but he never complains and never gives less than 110% and the level of detail he provides for his staff and players is outstanding when you consider he is a part time coach and also works for a living, unlike the majority of other head coaches at the level we currently operate.”
Mazey continued, “He is a leader of men and a very driven character so it’s pleasing for me to see that his qualities have been recognised. This is an opportunity that in my opinion will only serve to accelerate his development as a progressive young head coach. I can only see positives for Stuart and also for Swinton Lions and I’m delighted not just for him but the Littler family as a whole. Hopefully now he’s back in the camp we can call on the famous luck of the Irish moving forward.