Shaun Wane extends England contract amid NRL interest

By Ben Spratt 13 August 2020 1
Shaun Wane extends England contract amid NRL interest

England head coach Shaun Wane has agreed an extension to his contract until the end of 2022.

Wane was appointed in February on a deal that was set to expire following the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

However, his tenure to date has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, with this year's Ashes series cancelled.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) is anticipating NRL interest, too, so the 55-year-old's terms have been revisited.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "Shaun has made a great impression within the RFL and across the sport in general, and I am delighted that he will be staying on beyond the 2021 World Cup.

"He has proved himself to be both energetic and versatile in difficult times and has adapted to what is in front of him.

"We are well aware that Shaun has recently attracted the attention of several NRL clubs and wanted to ensure that he had enough security that kept him absolutely focused on the job in hand.

"Like all of us, Shaun is bitterly disappointed not to be facing the Kangaroos this autumn, but he is not letting this short-term setback stand in the way of his long-term aim to make England the number one side in the world.

"Shaun's passion for England Rugby League is matched by meticulous planning and preparation, and come autumn 2021 there will not be a better-prepared international side at the World Cup."

Wane won three Super League Grand Finals as Wigan Warriors boss between 2011 and 2018 in his only previous senior rugby league coaching role.

Prior to taking the England job this year, he had been working as high performance coach for Scottish Rugby.

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