Ellery Hanley: England have the right man in charge to succeed

Josh McAllister
Ellery Hanley

England have the right man at the top in Shaun Wane ahead this year’s Rugby League World Cup insists Ellery Hanley.

Hanley, 60, was named the Combined Nations All Stars head coach for 2022 earlier this week.

He takes the reins from Tim Sheens, who returned to Australia to reunite with Wests Tigers.

The former Great Britain captain will select the representative side to face England later this year in June. It will be part of England’s preparations for the World Cup. 

It will be Hanley’s first coaching job since leaving Doncaster back in 2008. He believes Shaun Wane will lead England to success later this year.

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“I think that we’ve got enough personnel in the the Super League to trouble any side,” Hanley said previewing this year’s World Cup.

“I think that we’ve got the right man in place in Shaun Wane.

“There’s one thing with me, I would never say something if I didn’t mean it. And I tell you with all honesty, we’ve got the right man in place.

“He’s brilliant in terms of that his expectations are high and what he wants from the players and the standard he wants from the players. 

“He was the same as the player.

“I’m exactly the same. I have the utmost respect for him. I love him to bits and everything. We’re going to have a difficult time in terms of when we come to that particular 80 minutes in June and so forth. 

“We know it’s going to be a battle and neither is going to step aside whatsoever. But at the end of it, we’ll still respect each other forever simply because we’ve been in the trenches together as foot soldiers and we know what we expect from each other. 

“They’ll be no surprises from me. Like for example, Shaun’s named his squad and there’s no surprises from for me at all.

“He’s picked the players what he thinks can challenge for the World Cup and for the All Nations game as well, so it should be a really wonderful contest.”

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