Shaun Wane: I’ll do the England job my way

Drew Darbyshire

Shaun Wane insists he will do the job his way after taking over the coaching reins of England from Wayne Bennett.

Wane has penned a two-year contract with the Rugby Football League after coming to the end of his deal with Scottish Rugby.

The Wiganer will be full-time in his role as the national boss whereas Bennett was part-time, given his commitments to NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Wane said: “When I was a club coach I said I would have done things differently and now I’m England coach, I will do.

“I’ll not only liaise with the head coaches but physios, strength and conditioners and the players playing for that club.

“I watch most games anyway but I’ll be going to more games, meeting more players and I’ll go out to Super League clubs watching them train.

“I don’t know how important that was to the previous coach. I think it would have been had he been here but the fact is I’m here and it’s massively important. It’s also the decent thing to do.

“When I sent players away on international duty, I needed that feedback and connection and it wasn’t the way I wanted it. Now I’ve got a chance to improve that.”


Wane says his priority as England coach is to select his assistants and meet with senior players.

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