RFL ends McNamara's England tenure


The Rugby Football League has announced Steve McNamara will not be offered a new contract to stay on as England head coach. 

Reports emerged last weekend that Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has held talks with the RFL over the England job.

McNamara's contract expired following the series victory over New Zealand last year and it was confirmed on Tuesday the 44-year-old will not remain in the role, which he has held since 2010.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood, said: "The RFL has concluded that with the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup on the horizon, now is the time to make any change to the England set up.

"Steve McNamara has been the longest serving national coach in our history and it is undoubtedly the case that the national team and set up have moved on considerably under Steve's leadership.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Steve McNamara for his considerable efforts over the years to both the England senior team and the underlying programme.

"He leaves with our very best wishes and on a high, after a series win over New Zealand."

Bennett appears to be in pole position to replace former Sydney Roosters assistant coach McNamara after confirming he had been in negotiations with the RFL.

"We haven't finalised the role but I've been offered some opportunities. I have to find out how they see me involved," he told the Brisbane Courier-Mail.

"Everything is on the table. I wanted to coach Australia, but it's not available now. I wanted to make a contribution to international rugby league.

"About five years ago, the RFL first arrived at my doorstep. It is always about finding the right timing."