Wayne Bennett: We have gone backwards

Wayne Bennett thinks Great Britain’s tour shows his side have gone backwards since he took over as England boss in 2016.

The Lions have lost three games out of three on their tour of the southern hemisphere so far – once against Tonga and twice against New Zealand.

Great Britain’s squad has been comprised of England players used by Bennett in his four-year tenure, with Joe Philbin [Ireland] and Lachlan Coote [Scotland] being the only players to have represented other home nations.

Bennett told BBC Sport: “We’re not adhering to the things we need to do.

“I feel tonight and since we’ve been here that we are getting away from it [the game plan].

“That was what we were doing when I first came in as coach in 2016, we tidied some things up in 2017 and 2018.

“The disappointing thing for me is we’ve gone backwards a little bit.”


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