BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: England coach Wayne Bennett talks to the media during a press conference following the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final between the Australian Kangaroos and England at Suncorp Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Wayne Bennett has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will see him stay on as head coach of England Rugby League until the end of 2019

Bennett’s two-year contract will see him take charge of the national side for the International Series against New Zealand in 2018 and also for any Great Britain tour in 2019.

“It was disappointing not to be lifting the World Cup last December, but I mentioned about this squad being on a journey,” Bennett said regarding his extension.

“I want to continue that journey because I firmly believe we can achieve something special together.

“It’s a pleasure to coach this squad because everyone wants to do their best for one another and do their job properly. The last couple of years have been encouraging and I have seen this group grow in confidence and belief.

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“There’s plenty of work to be done and club fixtures to be played between now and the New Zealand games – everyone is aware of what is required of them to join the England programme.”

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    • But think about all those Aussie players that have dreamed about playing for England all their lives. Well, at least all of the time that they were told their not in the Australian side.
      The English side will finally be a true representation of the Super League… A few good Englishmen surrounded by Australian’s that just can’t quite cut it in Australia anymore.

      In all seriousness, I really hope Bennett tries to instill some pride back into their jersey. I also hope he goes about setting up programs to nurture the future rep players rather than just taking the easy option and trying to get whoever he can to play so he can get some wins.

    • But think about all those Aussie players that have dreamed about playing for England all their lives. Well, at least all of the time that they were told they’re not in the Australian side.
      The English side will finally be a true representation of the Super League… A few good Englishmen surrounded by Australian’s that just can’t quite cut it in Australia anymore.

      In all seriousness, I really hope Bennett tries to instill some pride back into their jersey. I also hope he goes about setting up programs to nurture the future rep players rather than just taking the easy option and trying to get whoever he can to play so he can get some wins.

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