Rugby League Today: Wayne Bennett has failed ‘dire’ GB as Wane drops hint?

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What’s on site

Wayne Bennett’s future as Great Britain, and England, coach will be decided at the end of the tour.

Can you name all of the British players to have scored tries in the World Club Challenge?

St Helens will host Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge next February.

Ash Handley’s had a wasted trip Down Under, as he’s been overlooked by Wayne Bennett for Great Britain’s final test with Papua New Guinea – with other unused squad players also left out.

One man included is Golden Boot nominee John Bateman, who has been cleared by the disciplinary following an incident against New Zealand.

What’s on social

A fair assessment of the Great Britain situation.

Superb work from Sheffield Eagles on their new logo.

Shaun Wane dropping hints?

Still no confirmation of TV deals for Catalans.

Get on board with Valencia Hurracanes, the latest name looking to join the rugby league party. Nice shirt too.

What’s in the papers

Can Super League live up to Sonny Bill Williams’ mega deal? A report in the South China News (that’s right) asks whether the bright lights of Huddersfield, Hull, Salford and St Helens will be enough to maximise the pull of the All Blacks star.

Former Hull star Paul Cooke is the latest to slam the Great Britain tour, writing in his Hull Live column that “we’ve gone backwards”, as the vultures circle around England coach Wayne Bennett.

Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain coach, writes Gavin Willacy in The Guardian. A strong supporter of the Scotland side, Gavin also points out the ignorance shown to other home nations, as well as providing some insight in to the World Cup qualifiers.

Birthdays

Former New South Wales, left-footed goalkicker Jamie Soward, who had a spell at London late in his career, turns 35 today (November 13th).

Also celebrating: Cook Islands international Dylan Napa (27); Hull KR full-back Adam Quinlan (27); ex-Wigan, Parramatta and New Zealand centre David Vaealiki (39); the late, great Hugh Waddell would have been 61 today.

Trivia

Jamie Jones-Buchanan has scored more World Club Challenge tries than any other English forward.