Bennett named as new England coach

Wayne Bennett has been appointed as England head coach on a two-year contract.

The 66 year-old Brisbane Broncos boss replaces Steve McNamara, who had been England head coach since 2010.

Bennett, who is the most successful coach in Australian rugby league history, said via the BBC: “From what I have seen I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team.

“I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed on the international stage.”

Bennett will combine his new role with his current Broncos position and will be in charge of England’s Four Nations campaign at the end of this year and next year’s World Cup.

“Wayne is quite rightly regarded as the outstanding coach of this generation,” RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said.

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