Shaun Wane shortlisted for New Zealand Warriors job

James Gordon

England coach Shaun Wane is on a shortlist of candidates set to be interviewed for the New Zealand Warriors head coach role.

Wane, who is yet to take charge of a game since taking control of the national team from Wayne Bennett on a two-year deal in February, is one of six coaches being considered, according to reports Down Under.

Due to the restrictions created by COVID-19, the interviews are set to take place via Skype, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Bennett is also believed to be on the Warriors’ radar, as well as former St Helens and Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown, current interim Todd Payten and ex-Catalans and Australia forward Jason Ryles.

Wane coached hometown club Wigan to three Super League titles, a Challenge Cup title and a World Club Challenge win over Cronulla in 2017.

He left after winning the Grand Final in 2018, winning 161 of his 238 games in charge.

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New Zealand Warriors are currently 12th in the NRL with three wins from eight games, and parted company with Stephen Kearney a fortnight ago.

Wane wouldn’t be the first man to coach both Warriors – John Monie and Frank Endacott have also previously had spells with both clubs.

The Auckland club, founded in 1995, have also been coached by Super League champion coaches Daniel Anderson, Matthew Elliott and Brian McClennan.