Shaun Wane promises Super League clubs he will look after their England players
England coach Shaun Wane has made a promise to Super League clubs to take good care of their players while they are in camp after claiming it was not always the case in the past.
Wane, who succeeded Australian Wayne Bennett as England coach just over 12 months ago, revealed that his advice when he was at Wigan was not always followed and that players came back “broken” from international duty.
“I’d never want our head coaches to feel the way I did when I was dealing with the international team,” said Wane, who was in charge of Wigan from 2011-18.
“We’d send over information on our players about what they needed to do, GPS-wise. They are our players and we have them every day.
“But the information wasn’t adhered to and they would come back broken.”
Wane, addressing the media following confirmation of England’s mid-season international against a Combined Nations All Stars team, says he will learn the lessons from the past, using the example of Castleford hooker Paul McShane.
“Any advice I get from Daryl Powell’s physio and strength and conditioning coach about Paul McShane, that’s exactly what we will follow,” he said.
“We want to get the players healthy and it’s important to me that I send them back to Castleford healthy. That’s the way it should be, that respectful attitude to clubs.”
The game at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, June 25, will be part of an international weekend but will clash with a full round of Super League fixtures, much to the disappointment of Wane, who wanted a standalone match.
Selection for the All Stars game is likely to be restricted to six players per club, with Wane getting first pick, and the former Wigan boss insists he will not deliberately weaken one club.
“I’m very conscious of that but I’m also conscious that we need to win a World Cup so it’s finding that fine balance between getting what we need, looking at fringe players and not hammering one club,” he said.
After holding sessions with members of his elite training squad via Zoom, Wane will hold his first physical get-together on April 6 and says he struggled to contain his excitement on hearing confirmation of the mid-season fixture.
“I can’t tell you what I actually said to my missus when I got the phone call saying it was on but it was exciting,” he said.
“I’m desperate to get out and coach, have games and a bit of stress. It’s very exciting for me.
“I’ve watched so much rugby on the laptop and a couple of live games but it’s not the same as coaching your own team and coming up with a plan to win the game. There is nothing to compare with that.”