Greenberg praises Bennett after 800th NRL game

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg praised Wayne Bennett after the coach took charge of his 800th match at Premiership level, an 18-10 win over Parramatta Eels.

Bennett, the first Coach in the history of the Premiership to reach 800 matches, has been at the helm of the Broncos for 617 games, while he has coached St George Illawarra for 79 games, Newcastle for 75 games and Canberra for 28 games.

In a career spanning 32 seasons consecutively, Bennett has won seven Premierships.

“Wayne is the most prolific Coach in the history of the NRL by some margin,” Greenberg said.

“Reaching 800 matches is quite simply an extraordinary achievement.

“It is a testament to Wayne’s resilience and obviously astute knowledge of the game that he is still such a highly regarded and successful figure, having begun his career as a coach in the 1980s.

“Such is the enormity of this milestone it is difficult to see the achievement ever being reached again.

“On behalf of the game I want to congratulate Wayne for this monumental achievement.”

Read about Bennett’s 800th game in Monday’s League Express.