New contenders emerge for England job

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer says a number of new candidates have emerged for the England job, with Wayne Bennett’s future still unclear.

Bennett’s contract ran out at the end of 2019, though he is keen to continue in the role working towards the 2021 World Cup.

That seemed to be the favoured position of the RFL, but Bennett has faced criticism following the ill-fated Great Britain tour in the autumn and a review of that tour is still ongoing.

Former Wigan coach Shaun Wane has expressed his interest in the role.

Rimmer said: “There’s been a few (candidates), a mix. Any time the coaching posts come up at any of the four major nations, you would expect there to be a strong field of candidates that want to to take the role.

“So plenty of candidates have emerged.

“The driving force at the moment is that the recommendation is this is the right person to win the World Cup in 2021.”

The review is set to be presented to the RFL board on February 6.


  1. Bennet out !!! The dust has settled, clear thinking should be in place, surely the doubt has been resolved, Bennet is NOT the man to take England forward to 2021.Look at the field on offer,credentials of front runners will be testimony to their ability to lead England forward. It is crucial to RL in England to get this one right, Anything short of appearing in World Cup Final will be a huge set-back for English RL !

  2. Do not let Wane get his grubby little hands on the coaches job.His switch to rugby union was shortlived,now he wants to return to league.We do not need him in the game,his coaching methods are nothing short of thuggery-keep him out of our game.

  3. I grew up watching Nottingham Forest in the Cloughie era. I can see so many similarities between his man management style and Wane’s. I fear the outcome will be same in that, like Cloughie, Wane will be the best coach that England never had. To paraphrase Cloughie, I’m not saying Wane is the best candidate for the job, but he’s in the top one ?

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