Tomkins: Bennett can put England on top of the world


Sam Tomkins believes Wayne Bennett can ensure England achieve their goal of becoming the best Test side in the world after he was confirmed as head coach on Tuesday.

Brisbane Broncos coach Bennett has signed a two-year deal to replace Steve McNamara, who was not offered a new contract by the Rugby Football League.

Australian Bennett is the most successful coach in NRL history, having won a record seven titles, and Wigan Warriors full-back Tomkins is backing the 66-year-old to take England to another level.

Tomkins told the BBC: "His experience will help us. Becoming the world's leading side is the target, 100 per cent.

"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."

Tomkins also praised the impact made by McNamara during his five-year tenure.

"Steve McNamara has done a great job and he should be commended." the former New Zealand Warriors man said.

"He's leaving the England set-up in a much better place than he found it and that's testament to him."