Castleford boss linked with role in new England set-up

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has been linked with a possible role in the coaching team being assembled by new England boss Wayne Bennett, but is happy to be concentrating on the forthcoming Super League season.

Powell would be open to considering taking up a backroom staff role if asked, but no-one has been in touch yet.

New coach Bennett is expected to appoint a Super League-based assistant after taking over from Steve McNamara on a two-year contract and Powell is one of the outstanding candidates after the superb job he has done with Castleford.

He said: “It is not something I have thought about, but I think appointing an assistant based in England will be a wise thing to do. Getting someone based in this country is really important to make sure the best players take the field at the end of the season.

“There’s quite a few excellent candidates in the British game and I am sure Wayne will have links with some of them already.

“If approached you always consider things like that, but at the moment I am just focusing on what I am doing at Castleford.”

Bennett has coached teams to a record seven Grand Final wins in Australia and has also been in charge of the Kangaroos and was assistant to Stephen Kearney when New Zealand won the 2008 World Cup.

His contract covers the 2016 Four Nations and next year’s World Cup and Powell reckons he can be a big success.

He said: “His record speaks for itself.

“He is an outstanding candidate and he has been a superb coach for a number of years.

“I have had the pleasure of his company in the past and he is a very intelligent man who knows the game of rugby league inside out.

“From that perspective he will be outstanding in the role.”