Bennett will consider Austin, Coote and Hastings for Great Britain

Great Britain head coach Wayne Bennett has left the door open for heritage players to play for Great Britain.

There has been question marks surrounding Australian-born players Blake Austin, Lachlan Coote, Jackson Hastings and Campbell Graham who all qualify for the Lions.

Speaking today at a press conference in St Helens, Bennett confirmed how he will approach selection after being questioned about the above players.

“I will pick the best team possible,” he said. “If they are eligible and want to play they will tell me but I’m not asking anymore because I know what we’ve got.

“Blake (Austin) seems to be enjoying his footy and Lachlan (Coote) has been outstanding. Anyone who is eligible and wants to come, they will be part of the mix.”

Bennett also spoke about his ambition to coach an England side who are “ready to be successful” at the 2021 World Cup.

The 69-year-old’s contract with the RFL expires following this Autumn’s tour but it’s believed both parties are keen to renew.

Bennett has led England to a World Cup final and second in the world rankings since taking charge in 2016 and was named Great Britain coach in March.

The Lions face Tonga, New Zealand twice and Papua New Guinea on their end-of-season tour of the Southern Hemisphere.

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