England rugby league today announced former Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane as the new National head coach on a two year deal which will see him through to the end of the 2021 world cup
The 55 year old who left Wigan 18 months ago to take up a role with the Scottish R.U. will replace 70 year old Australian Wayne Bennett who steps aside after four years in charge.
Speaking at the announcement Wane told reporters;
“I'm honoured to be appointed head coach of England at such an exciting and important time. ”
Everyone who knows me knows that I've always loved the game of rugby league and been proud of British Rugby League.
“I'm looking forward so much to starting work with the outstanding rugby league players we have in this country, and also the guys who have enjoyed success in Australia in recent years, to do all we can to win the World Cup next year.”
The former prop forwards who played for Wigan and Leeds earning 2 caps for Great Britian rose through the coaching ranks at Wigan before eventually taking over the head coach’s job and leading them to three super league titles in his seven years in charge.
Wane’s predecessor Bennett who’s biggest achievement during his four year tenure was making the 2017 world cup final was keen to stay on for this years Ashes series and the upcoming World Cup on home soil but his leadership and selection of the recent Great Britian team that toured New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
With Bennett’s RFL contract ending at the end of the tour, the selection committee have decided that another path would be more beneficial for the national side.
Wane’s preparation for the latest Ashes series is limited to a proposed mid season game in June, while as yet no further games other than that and the three game Ashes series as been before the World Cup in 19 months time.