Bennett confirmed as England head coach


Wayne Bennett has been named England head coach on a two-year deal and will remain in charge of the Brisbane Broncos.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) confirmed on Tuesday that previous head coach Steve McNamara's contract would not be renewed.

Bennett revealed last weekend he had talks with a view to taking a role in the England set-up and the 66-year-old has now agreed to replace McNamara.

The Australian, who has won a record seven NRL titles during his illustrious coaching career, will lead England in the Four Nations this year and the 2017 World Cup.

"I am very excited by the challenge of taking England on to the next level." Bennett said.

"From what I have seen I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team and I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed on the international stage."

McNamara masterminded a series win over New Zealand last year, but RFL chief executive Nigel Wood sees Bennett as the man to ensure England make further strides.

Wood said: "Wayne is quite rightly regarded as the outstanding coach of this generation and I am delighted that we have been able to secure his services.

"This England team has made considerable progress over the last few years and we now possess truly world class players across all positions. These players deserve the very best support and coaching as we attempt to move from contenders into potential winners of international tournaments.

"I believe that Wayne Bennett is undoubtedly the right man to lead this group forward and enable them to do this.

"We will be discussing with Wayne in due course the coaching support he will need, which we expect will be UK based."