Cunningham blasts Bennett’s ‘unfair’ England plans

Keiron Cunningham believes Wayne Bennett's plans for England are "unfair" on Super League coaches
Keiron Cunningham believes Wayne Bennett's plans for England are "unfair" on Super League coaches

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham says new England boss Wayne Bennett’s plans are “pretty unfair” on Super League coaches.

Aussie Bennett wants mid-season Test matches to be re-introduced and a two-week pre-season training camp with his players which will fall a month before the Super League campaign gets under way.

New England Rugby League Head Coach Wayne Bennett, during a press conference at the Worsley Marriott Hotel, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 18, 2016. See PA story RUGBYL England. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.

New England Rugby League Head Coach Wayne Bennett, during a press conference at the Worsley Marriott Hotel, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 18, 2016. See PA story RUGBYL England. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.

Cunningham said: “I’ve got to be careful what I say, but good luck to Wayne enforcing it and good luck agreeing it.”

He went on: “He seems to have very high demands on what he wants players doing - extra fitness, taking them away for a two-week training camp and playing mid-season friendlies.

“This is pretty unfair on every Super League coach whose hopes and ambitions lie with having a squad to be fit for training with you every week and also lie in having a six-week pre-season.

“If I lose a players to the Autumn internationals, I will only have them back at the end of December.

“Then Wayne, apparently wants my players for a two week training camp in January so I will only see all of them for the captain’s run before the start of the new campaign and they are the ones who will have a major say in whether we finish in the top four or top two.”