SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett talks to media during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on May 30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

South Sydney recruit Jai Arrow has revealed the awkward yet amusing response from Wayne Bennett that came when the Rabbitohs coach snubbed Brian Fletcher and Nathan Hindmarsh for a Fox League interview.

Bennett and Arrow were set to feature in the pre-season shoot last week, with the latter arriving to the promotion alone and Bennett nowhere to be seen.

Speaking on Triple M’s The Rush Hour, Arrow revealed Bennett’s two-word response when contacted for the media duties.

“He’s a hard man to get a hold of. We did the Fox League promo shoot and me and Wayne were meant to do an interview with Fletch & Hindy,” Arrow said.

“I rocked up and there’s no chance Wayne’s going, so I’ve sat down by myself and they said ‘where’s Wayne?’

“I said ‘well, he’s not here, I don’t know where he is.’ They said ‘can you go get the next best thing’ so I went and grabbed Liam Knight who’s a bit of a character and they asked if we could ring him.

“So Knighty’s called Wayne and he answered saying ‘Liam, what are you doing.’ Liam replied ‘oh, we’re just waiting for you… you’ve got an interview with Fletch and Hindy.’

“Then literally, through his lips, (Bennett) said ‘f*** off.’ We call cracked up and he said ‘I’ll see you at training tomorrow’.

Arrow joins an exciting group of new faces at Redfern, with league veteran Benji Marshall and Panthers winger Josh Mansour set to feature in Bennett’s final campaign with the Bunnies.

Well known for his uncharitable contribution when fronting the media, Bennett’s pending departure at the Bunnies will end another historic chapter in his coaching career which started in 1976.


  1. This is funny is it? Depending on who you are and which club you support, if Wayne was perceived as being in a bad mood he would be called a grumpy old bast$rd or something similar.

    Nothing but a lolly water story.

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