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England head coach Shaun Wane comments on NRL links

Shaun Wane in England gear and the NRL logo

England, and former Wigan Warriors, head coach Shaun Wane has spoken following reports linking him with a role Down Under.

Wane has been in the England role since 2020, taking charge at the delayed 2021 World Cup, and is currently in a directorial role at Wigan Warriors as well.

He served as the Warriors’ head coach until 2018, winning all four major trophies in his time with the club, including three Super League titles.

This added on to plethora of trophies with Wigan in his time as a player, including four Challenge Cup triumphs.

Although he’s currently in a head coach role, international rugby league is not as prestigious as it used to be, meaning plenty of people see him as someone that could take the plunge elsewhere – such as NRL.

Before Wayne Bennett was confirmed as Souths head coach for next year, he was linked with that job, following Jason Demetriou’s dismissal.

There have also been suggestions that he could move to Parramatta Eels, whose head coach role is currently vacant.

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England head coach Shaun Wane comments on NRL links

Shaun Wane celebrates with George WIlliams.

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Speaking in an RFL press conference this week, he was asked whether he was committed to the England job, and responded: “Absolutely, I love the job, I am absolutely blessed to be in the job.

“I never ever thought I would get this job and to get it and to play three tests against Tonga and now we have got Samoa and then we have got the Ashes in Australia coming up, it is a dream I never thought I would have so I am going to take it.”

Many people work for a club and national team at the same time – during the time that Wayne Bennett was England head coach, he also had the same role for Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney.

Then asked whether he would consider coaching both a national and club side, Wane responded: “To be honest, I’m solely thinking about England, I have a busy life with my Wigan commitments and I do a lot of speaking and a few other things.

“I have a good laugh, I’m paid to watch sport that I love, so I really enjoy it. I’ve got a game coming up and a couple of games at the end of the year, it’s a great feeling for me.”

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