Confirmed: Wayne Bennett To Coach Rabbitohs From 2020
The most famous and successful coach in rugby league will coach its most famous and successful club.
Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is set to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 2020.
The current Broncos coach is the most successful NRL coach of all time, having coached the Broncos to six premierships. He also won an NRL title with St George Illawarra in 2010.
The Rabbitohs issued a statement on their site announcing the signing, and praised the ability of the 68-year-old to coach players in life skills as much as football.
"Bennett's success on field is matched by his skills as a man manager off field, with many current and former players praising Bennett for his approach to caring for players and their families, building an environment in which they can perform at their best week-in and week-out."
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football, Shane Richardson, said the signing of Wayne Bennett was great news for the club.
"Wayne is one of the best, if the not the best, Rugby League coaches of all time and we are excited to see what he can bring to our Club," Richardson said.
"His football record is second-to-none and his reputation as a leader is also of the highest order.
"Here he will have the opportunity to work with some of the best senior and up-and-coming talent in the game, which from our discussions over the past few weeks I know he is excited about.
Bennett's last year with the Broncos will be the coming season.
The clubs appear set to do a swapsie with Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold off to the Broncos, though that deal hasn't been inked yet.
This is the first confirmed move in a week when as many as five NRL coaching spots for season 2019 or beyond are expected to be announced.