Shaun Wane: England men’s manager extends contract until 2025

Shaun Wane
Sean Wayne took over as England men’s manager in 2020 but had to wait until 2021 for his first meaningful game.

Sean Wayne will remain England men’s manager after Rugby Football League extended his contract until the end of the 2025 World Cup.

Former Wigan manager Wayne, 58, led the country to the semi-finals at last autumn’s World Cup, where they lost to Samoa in the extension of the golden point.

Stuart Barrow succeeded Craig Richards as women’s coach after them Exit from the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Tom Coyd remains a wheelchair coach, having won the 2021 tournament.

“The RFL Board has received and considered extensively a detailed review of the performance of each of the England teams at RLWC2021.” RFL chairman Simon Johnson said.external link

“No stone was left unturned in the review, which included statements from coaches, players and staff.

“The report generated a good, vigorous and lengthy discussion at our board meeting in February. We are confident that we have the right people in place.”

Wane’s England fall short at home World Cup

After a successful career as club boss with Wigan, in which he won three Super League titles and a Challenge Cup, Wayne spent time building up the Scottish Rugby Union, before marking his return to the league with England in February 2020.

He was succeeding Australian ‘super coach’ Wayne Bennett, who had taken England to the Defeated in the World Cup final by Australia in the previous tournament under 2017.

Wane’s appointment was made with a view to going one step further in 2021, with preparations to include a three-Test tour of England from Australia in the autumn of 2020 before the Covid pandemic caused it to be cancelled.

It all meant that by the time Wayne led England into their first game of the delayed World Cup tournament against Samoa in October, he had only managed to coach four games, including the warm-up game against Fiji a week before the campaign began. .

Wane’s side dismantled Samoa in Newcastle in their tournament opener, then cruised past France and Greece to ease through the group stage.

He had called up National Rugby League stars such as Newcastle winger Dom Young and Sydney back-rower Victor Radley with spectacular results and was getting the best out of Warrington half-back George Williams, whom he had nurtured at Wigan.

After dismantling Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals with a dominant display in Wigan, England faced Samoa again at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in the semi-finals.

It was supposed to be England’s big chance to win a tournament on home soil, but despite facing the Pacific Islanders in a thriller, a Stephen Crichton drop-goal ended those hopes in extra-time.

In terms of progress, not reaching the final was in terms of a step backwards, but the emergence of Samoa as another major Test threat alongside Australia, New Zealand and Tonga was another new international phenomenon. rugby league.

Analysis: “Wayne has the support of top players”

Dave Woods, BBC Rugby League Correspondent

Sean Wayne’s position as England manager has come under serious review following the disappointing gold-point defeat to Samoa in last year’s World Cup semi-final.

However, he has received support from several of his top players and remains the most obvious candidate to lead the national team, albeit on a part-time basis.

A blow from Covid until the 2021 World Cup, played last autumn, meant Wayne had very few competitive matches to test his players ahead of this home tournament. And there is currently only one confirmed match before the 2025 World Cup in France.

England will play a test match against France at the end of this April, and that is the only game they can plan for with certainty.

There is hope that Tonga will tour that country for a three-match Test series immediately after this year’s Super League Grand Final, and Australia are set for a much-anticipated Ashes tour in 2024.

But those series are far from certain due to ongoing collective agreement negotiations between the Australian National Rugby League and the Australian RL Players’ Union, which still threatens to disrupt the NRL’s domestic season.

Until this is settled, no decisions will be made on the international calendar.

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