England have appointed Shaun Wane as their new Head Coach for the 2020 Ashes and the 2021 World Cup.
Wane has been out of rugby league since leaving Wigan Warriors in 2018 to take up a role with Scotland Rugby Union.
He previously led Wigan to three Super League titles, one Challenge Cup and a World Club Challenge during his spell there from 2011.
Wane said: “I am honoured to be appointed Head Coach of my country’s national team at such an exciting and important time for Rugby League in England.
“Everyone who knows me knows that I’ve always loved the game of Rugby League, and been proud of British Rugby League.
“I’m looking forward so much to starting work with the outstanding Rugby League players we have in this country, and also the guys who have enjoyed success in Australia in recent years, to do all we can to win the World Cup next year. ”
RFL CEO Ralph Rimmer added: We think this is an exciting appointment that will be welcomed by England Rugby League supporters as we prepare for this year’s Ashes series, and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
“Shaun is passionate about the game and his country, and also an outstanding coach, as shown by his record in eight seasons as Wigan’s Head Coach. A major feature of which was the success he and the club had in developing so many homegrown players.
“With two years to go in the lead up to RLWC2021, a full review was always programmed in to follow from the 2019 Great Britain tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
“After careful consideration of the review report, the RFL Board concluded that a change of direction on the position of Head Coach was the next evolution alongside adopting several of the recommendations made.
“I’d like to place on record on behalf of the RFL and England and Great Britain Rugby League our thanks to Wayne Bennett for his immense contribution as our Head Coach over the last four years. When England reached the 2017 World Cup Final and had an excellent home series win against New Zealand in 2018.”