Shaun Wane: Losing a World Cup final with England would be a disaster

Drew Darbyshire

England’s new coach Shaun Wane says he would feel like he has failed if they don’t manage to win a World Cup under his management.

The former Wigan boss has been appointed as the successor to Australian Wayne Bennett on a two-year contract.

Wane will guide England in this autumn’s three-match Ashes series and in the World Cup on home soil next year.

He told Inside Super League: “The fact is we can’t celebrate getting to a World Cup final.

“If I don’t get to a World Cup final and win, it’s a disaster.

“We didn’t win that World Cup final and we keep hearing celebrations about getting there.

“We haven’t beaten Australia for a long time and I’m embarrassed by that. And if we don’t beat them, it’s on me.

“It’s achievable. I feel like I know what I’m doing, I know how to prepare teams and how to win one-off games and how to get players to buy into what I’m about.

“I need to do it in a different way because I don’t get the players that often, so I need to be a lot smarter in what I deliver.”

Wane added that he would not have taken the England job had it not been full-time.

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