Rugby League: Wayne Bennett signs new contract as England head coach

Rugby League: Wayne Bennett signs new contract as England head coach

Wayne Bennett has signed a new contract as England head coach

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wayne Bennett is to continue as England head coach, with the veteran Australian agreeing a new two-year deal, the Rugby Football League has announced.

The 68-year-old’s previous two-year contract with the Rugby Football League ran out after he guided England to the final of the 2017 World Cup.

He was expected to leave when his contract expired, but he has been persuaded to stay on in the job.

The RFL accepted a recommendation from rugby director Kevin Sinfield, the former Leeds and England captain who has conducted a review into the national team’s performance at the World Cup.

The length of Bennett’s new contract suggests he will not lead England into the next World Cup in 2021, when he will be 71, but the RFL says he will be eligible to lead the British Lions on their tour Down Under in 2019.

It is thought Castleford coach Daryl Powell has been sounded out as a possible successor to Bennett but currently prefers to focus on his job with his club.

The RFL has announced that former Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson, one of Bennett’s assistants, will coach the re-formed England Knights who are expected to play in a Six Nations tournament at the end of the season.