By Ian Laybourn, Pa
Published: 07:56 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 08:01 GMT, 3 February 2020
Former Wigan boss Shaun Wane has been appointed as England's new head coach on a full-time basis.
The 55-year-old takes over from Australian Wayne Bennett on a two-year contract which will take in this year's home Ashes Series and the 2021 World Cup.
Wane left Wigan after guiding his hometown team to a third Grand Final at the end of the 2018 season and has spent the last year working as high performance coach for the Scottish Rugby Union.
Former Wigan coach Shaun Wane has been appointed England rugby league head coach
Wane said: 'I am honoured to be appointed head coach of my country's national team at such an exciting and important time for rugby league in England.
'Everyone who knows me knows that I've always loved the game of rugby league and been proud of British rugby league.
'I'm looking forward so much to starting work with the outstanding rugby league players we have in this country and also the guys who have enjoyed success in Australia in recent years, to do all we can to win the World Cup next year.'
The 55-year-old has won three Super League titles with his home town club Wigan Warriors
The appointment brings to an end the four-year reign of Bennett, who steered England to the 2017 World Cup final but lost much credibility while in charge of the re-formed Great Britain team that lost all four matches on their