On Wednesday Australia’s most successful Rugby League coach Wayne Bennett was signed to take over the English team. Bennett joins cricket coach Trevor Bayliss and Eddie Jones in Rugby Union as the third Aussie to be appointed to an English sporting team in nine months.
Bennett has signed on for two years, reports the ABC, which will include this year’s Four Nations Tournament and the 2017 Rugby World Cup. He has previously coached Brisbane and St George Illawarra to seven Grand Final victories and plans to continue balancing his new appointment with his role as coach of the Brisbane Broncos. “This will work well without impacting on the Broncos,” Bennett assured the ABC.
Fellow colonial Eddie Jones will debut this weekend in his role as Rugby Union coach, with a game against Scotland opening the Six Nations Tournament. Jones’ career has been similarly marked by triumphs, notes Roar, having led the Brumbies to a super rugby title in 2001, and the Wallabies to the Rugby World Cup Final in 2003.
Trevor Bayliss was selected as England Cricket coach back in May of last year and has since led the team to a 3 – 1 Ashes success and 2 – 1 lead over South Africa. Although he admits not previously taking “any interest in the English game,” Bayliss is optimistic about the team’s future. “The signs were good that in the future this team could turn into something special,” he said of the joint fifth-ranked team, according to Express.
Roar comments that the English trend of utilising Aussie-coaching talent has been witnessed since the London Olympics. In particular, Australian coaches in cycling and rowing guided English athletes to twelve gold medals in 2012.
Australia is fortunate to hone both athletes and coaches that are the envy of the world – let’s just keep a few stars up our sleeve for this year’s Olympics!