Following the conclusion of the World Cup late last year and England’s semi-final defeat, the future of Shaun Wane as England boss was talked about a lot.
England lost to a tier-two nation in Samoa 27-26 in the semi-final having beaten them 60-6 in the opener just a few weeks earlier and it led to some calls for Wane to leave the role.
The silence from the RFL in the following months meant that the speculation continued but today the governing body have confirmed that Wane will remain on until the 2025 World Cup in France.
A statement from the RFL announced the news.
“England Rugby League today confirms that Shaun Wane (Men), Stuart Barrow (Women) and Tom Coyd (Wheelchair) will be the national teams’ head coaches through to the 2025 World Cup in France.
“Wane took England’s Men to the semi-finals of RLWC2021, where they were agonisingly beaten by Samoa in golden point extra-time at London’s Emirates Stadium.
RFL Chair Simon Johnson: “I am delighted to confirm these appointments and I wish all three coaches every success – beginning with the Men’s and Women’s Mid-Season Internationals against France in April.
“The RFL Board received and considered at length a detailed review of the performance of each of the England teams at RLWC2021. No stone was left unturned in the review, which included submissions from coaches, players and staff alike. The report generated a good, robust and lengthy discussion at our February board meeting. We are confident that we have the right people in place.”
Settled in the England hot seat, according to The Mole of World Wide of Sport, Wane will be considered for the St George Illawarra Dragons job as they consider a new direction.
Meanwhile fellow former Wigan Warriors coach Michael Maguire is also one the Dragons could consider according to The Mole.