Australia coach Mal Meninga has stated that England coach Wayne Bennett wants his job as boss of the Kangaroos.
Bennett begins his two-year reign in charge of the national side tomorrow in France for England’s one and only warm-up game ahead of the Four Nations: which pits Bennett against his own countrymen.
The Kangaroos were looking for a full-time coach for this year and beyond, which Meninga eventually landed, with reports suggesting Bennett was keen for the role, but on a part-time basis.
And Meninga immediately stoked the flames between the two nations upon their arrival at Manchester airport on Thursday.
“He wants my job but he hasn’t got it,” Meninga told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“So obviously he’ll be trying his damnedest to usurp me. We’ll see what happens.”
However, Meninga said Bennett coaching England is good for the game.
“But I still think it’s good for international rugby league, having the best coach, the master coach, coaching England. Hopefully they’ll play really well and make the series an exciting one.”