England can become world's best under Bennett - Tomkins


Wayne Bennett can turn England into the best side in the world, according to full-back Sam Tomkins. 

Bennett was confirmed as the new England rugby league head coach on Tuesday on a two-year deal that will also see him remain in charge of NRL club Brisbane Broncos. 

The 66-year-old replaces Steve McNamara after the Rugby Football League (RFL) confirmed they would not be renewing his contract.

Bennett is the most successful coach in NRL history with a record seven titles to his name.

With England ranked third in the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) world rankings, behind New Zealand and Australia, Tomkins has backed Bennett to take them to the summit. 

"The gap between us, Australia and New Zealand is smaller than ever," the 25-time England international told BBC Sport.

"His experience will help us. Becoming the world's leading side is the target, 100%.

"We've had the potential and players to become the world's number one side but we've not quite performed.

"Wayne Bennett is a big signing. He's been proven in the NRL for a number of years.

"He's got all the experience in the world so there's no reason he can't bring that to us and push us on."

Bennett will lead England in the Four Nations this year and the 2017 World Cup.