RFL shown “lack of respect” towards McNamara, says Robinson

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has revealed that he feels the Rugby Football League have shown a “lack of respect” towards his assistant Steve McNamara.

Robinson, speaking to PA Sport at the launch for this year’s World Club Series in Manchester, said that the RFL have shown a lack of respect over the tenure of McNamara, who had it confirmed recently that he would not be continuing in his role as national coach.

McNamara’s Roosters compatriot Robinson, a former Super League coach with Catalans, said that it’s important to be aware of the quality job McNamara did in charge of England.

“It’s probably the lack of respect for what Steve has done over the last five years in the way that the team and the players have developed and the understanding of what England means to players,” Robinson said.

“That has been under-stated in the last couple of weeks, I think that’s really important to understand.

“They’ve got one of the best coaches in the history of our game and for me it hurts to see the lack of respect for what Steve has done. But then I’ve got the utmost respect for Wayne Bennett.