Wayne Bennett is out and Shaun Wane is in. That is the change at the top for the England national team.
Wane will take over the reins from the departing Bennett on a two-year contract.
The former Wigan head coach returns to rugby league from a stint in Scottish rugby.
Wane is honoured to have the chance in the role with some big tournaments coming up.
“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,” Wane said.
“We have a three-Test Ashes series against Australia this autumn, and after that we host the World Cup in 2021.
“Everyone who knows me knows that I’ve always loved the game of Rugby League, and been proud of British Rugby League.”
With players on offer in both England and Australia, Wane looks forward to success involving players from both areas.
“I’m looking forward so much to starting work with the outstanding Rugby League players we have in this country,” Wane continued.
Also the guys who have enjoyed success in Australia in recent years, to do all we can to win the World Cup next year.”
The appointment of Wane is one that excites those associated with the English governing body, the Rugby Football League.
“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,” said RFL CEO, Ralph Rimmer.
“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.