Rovers were delighted to be joined at Brockhall by one of the most successful coaches in world sport.
Legendary Brisbane Broncos head coach, Wayne Bennett, who has seven NRL Premierships, three World Cup Challenge victories and five State of Origin titles to his name, made a flying visit to the training ground in his new role as head coach of England, who are currently participating in the Four Nations tournament.
Bennett will also lead England into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in his home country of Australia this time next year.
Rovers’ Head of Academy, Eric Kinder, who organised the special visit, said: “I first met Wayne 10 years ago when I was sent his coaching book by a friend of mine in Melbourne. I emailed Brisbane Broncos to ask if I could meet him and we met several months later and have struck up a close friendship ever since.
“Even though I know nothing about rugby league, I’ve learnt a great deal from Wayne over the past decade and when you look at his CV it’s unbelievably impressive. He was voted one of the top sports coaches of the century across all levels of sport, which gives you an idea of how well respected he is.
“It was really nice to see him again. We took him on a tour of the Academy and the Senior Training Centre, where he met the first team staff. I really enjoyed his company and he enjoyed his time at Brockhall, and we wish him and England all the very best in their quest for World Cup glory in 12 months time.”