The RFL close to announcing Bennett’s assistant

The identity of England’s new assistant coach could be announced as early as today.

Bennett’s appointment as England’s new head coach was announced in February, with the renowned Australian revealing that the majority of his coaching staff would be based in England, including his assistant coach, but didn’t go as far as confirming who it would be.

Speaking earlier this year, Bennett said: “I’m going to bring two staff with me; one is an Englishman [Jeremy Hickmans], so he fits the criteria and he knows what I want. The rest will all be English-based who have either previously been involved or are new to the setup. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here.”

A number of current Super League coaches have been linked with the job, including Wigan head coach Shaun Wane and Castleford chief Daryl Powell.