Bennett out, as Wane set to lead England at 2021 World Cup.

Former Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane is set to replace Wayne Bennett as England’s new rugby league coach, leaving his job at the Scottish Rugby Union.

The Rugby Football League are poised to remove Australian Wayne Bennett, 70, after four years in charge.

Wane, 55, has been working part-time as a high performance coach with the SRU, but is now ready to return to league.

The former prop guided Wigan to three Super League titles in his seven years in charge of his home-town club.

Wane, who played for Wigan and Leeds, won two caps for Great Britain in 1985-86 but has been out of rugby league since leaving the DW Stadium in 2018.

The RFL are expected to hold a press conference at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday. It is understood that South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Bennett has been notified of the impending appointment.

Bennett, who guided England to the World Cup final in 2017, was keen to stay on in the job for the next tournament in England in 2021.

But Great Britain’s autumn tour of New Zealand and Papua Guinea did not go well, ending in a 4-0 autumn series defeat – and Bennett’s RFL contract ran out at the end of that tour.

Wane may have just four matches to prepare England for the next World Cup – a proposed mid-season international in June prior to the three-match Ashes series with Australia in October and November.

 

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