England half-back Luke Gale is hoping that ‘great bloke’ Wayne Bennett will remain as England head coach beyond the World Cup.
The reigning Steve Prescott Man of Steel has played in every game at the World Cup under the 67-year-old Queenslander, who has guided England to their first final for 22 years.
However, Bennett’s contract expires after tomorrow’s game and he has yet to make it clear whether he will remain in charge of the Lions.
“I love him,” Gale told PA Sport. “I think he’s a great bloke. The lads love him and his company.
“He does the camp thing really well. We’ve been seven or eight weeks now, he’s obviously been involved in a lot of camps, be it Origin, New Zealand. He just gets it. He does it really well.
“He gets you nice and relaxed, gets you happy. I couldn’t speak highly enough about him. There is always a good mood in the camp, lots of laughing and jokes.”
Bennett’s popular amongst the England players has never wavered during his two-year tenure, something Gale has put down to the respect he commands.
“If you are not doing your job, he will tell you, but he is open and honest and that’s why blokes respect him so much. He doesn’t pull any punches.
“We’ll get Saturday out of the way and hopefully a positive result and see what happens.”
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