England coach Shaun Wane demands higher Super League standards ahead of World Cup
England head coach Shaun Wane demands an increase in the level of the Super League in a World Cup year.
Wane offers to guide England to glory in the revamped tournament 12 months from now at home.
And while it will take time to beat Australia and New Zealand, Wane believes greater intensity in the domestic game can increase the prospects for the national team.
“The level was excellent last year and ended in a grand final, but it needs to improve,” said Wane, who will combine his position in England with the role of director of leadership and management at Wigan Warriors.
“If I were still a Super League coach, I would want more intense matches, less penalties and more set-to-set to prepare for international rugby.
“And that’s what we got last year, but I’m never satisfied.
“I always want a little better, a little more, and every Super League head coach will want the same.
“Better quality, more consistent and more playing – that will help international play.”
Wane will continue to work closely with his players remotely and in person as much as possible as next year’s tournament looms.
The English boss, by his own admission, has “neglected” his NRL stars due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus.
“We zoom in with the players one on one and I watch all of the NRL games,” Wane said.
“I’m going to go over when the games start and things open up right, and hang out with them because they’ve been overlooked.
“The players here are getting a lot of information, as are the NRL players, but not as much detail.
“It’s my job to make sure they’re up to date and ready to go the moment they arrive in this country so they know what I’m talking about and the English system.”
Wane, meanwhile, has only supported two games since taking office almost two years ago.
Legendary James Roby of St Helens recently announced his retirement from the International Rugby League and Wane admits he would have relished the opportunity to coach the veteran hooker.
He added: “I am absolutely disgusted that I never had the chance to coach James Roby if I am honest, from a selfish point of view.
“I have always evaluated him as a player and have coached against him several times.
“But it gives another knight a chance to pass.
“Danny Walker came with us to France, with Connor Wrench and Matty Lees, and all these young guys are ready to jump in.”