Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is set to become England’s new coach, according to reports.
The RFL has approached the 66 year-old over the position and reports in Australia suggest that Bennett will accept the deal in the coming weeks.
Steve McNamara had been England head coach since 2010 but his contract expired after the 2-1 Series win over New Zealand in November.
Bennett is the most successful coach in Australian rugby league history with a total of seven Grand Final wins – six of them with Brisbane and the other with St George Illawara.
The Broncos are reportedly happy for Bennett to combine his current role with them and the new position with no scheduled England fixtures until next Autumn’s Four Nations series.
He told Brisbane Courier-Mail: “I wanted to make a contribution to international rugby league.
“About five years ago, they (England’s Rugby Football League) first arrived at my doorstep and it was always about finding the right timing.
“We haven’t finalised the role. (But) I’ve been offered some opportunities.”
Bennett, who has twice been in charge of the Australia team, also spoke of his desire to get a third spell as coach of the Kangaroos:
“I wanted to coach Australia, but it’s not available now — Mal (Meninga) got the job and that’s fine.”
RFL chief executive declined to comment on the England job, but Bennett will meet with him while in England for the Broncos-Leeds World Club Series game on February 21.