Last week, Shaun Wane’s England squad were visited by England football legend Stuart Pearce as they look to lift the Rugby League World Cup feeding on the experience of Pearce and others.
The former Wigan Warriors boss also revealed that he is on constant contact with England football boss Gareth Southgate and has invited him down to some matches during the tournament.
Meanwhile, England were joined by Olympic strength and conditioning coaches last week.
That was a week that culminated in a 94-4 win over Greece as England ran in 17 tries to finish the group with a 100% record and a huge 34 tries in three games.
After that game, Wane promised that there would be more guests this week and the Warriors boss delivered.
The England squad were visited by a Wigan Warriors legend – a player Wane knows very well as they helped form the backbone of his three-time Grand Final winning Wigan side – and a Manchester United representative.
He said in his press conference yesterday: “Sean O’Loughlin has been in today, Mick Farrell who is a player psychologist who works for Manchester United, he’s been in and done a debrief on what he sees, what we do and how we can do better so we’ve picked the brains of Manchester United. So, every day is a learning day.”
It remains to be seen if these added influences can help England not only defeat Papua New Guinea this week but lift a first World Cup in 50 years.