Sinfield updates on Bennett’s future

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Following the expiration of his managerial contract, England head coach Wayne Bennett is set for discussions with the RFL early in the new year should the organisation’s rugby director, former England and Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield, get his way.

After guiding his charges to the recent RLWC final – where they eventually lost to his fellow countrymen Australia – Bennett had many an England star publically stating their hopes that the so-called ‘supercoach’ would remain in charge of the national team for a further period of time and Sinfield has said “at some point in January we’re really keen to meet up with Wayne and talk to him.” Indeed, Super League’s record points scorer went on to demonstrate Bennett’s professionalism as he revealed that the Australian will have already conducted his own review, one which Sinfield is looking forward to going through with a view to Brisbane’s coach staying on at the helm of the English team, saying “I’d like to think that at some time in January we can make an announcement over where we’re going certainly for the next two years but also the next four.”

While it is unlikely that Bennett, at the age of 67, will still be in charge for the next RLWC in 2021, he would definitely continue the development of a team which has seen incredible progress over the last year. November 2016 saw England lose against Australia 36-18 with Sinfield quoted as saying “that we were as far away as we’ve ever been.” There has been undoubted progress over the last twelve months, then, which culminated in Bennett guiding England to their first RLWC final in 22 years with the momentum built being something all involved will be keen to maintain.

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