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Thursday 14 November
Wayne Bennett has fired back at those calling for him to be sacked as England and Great Britain coach. The Lions poor form on tour has led to many claiming he has disrespected GB, which he refutes. He told The Mirror’s Julie Stott: “They don’t build monuments to critics. Criticism is like water off a duck’s back, I don’t listen to it. I have never disrespected anyone in my life, it is not in my nature. There is no disrespect from me towards Great Britain.”
Kevin Sinfield has provided an explanation for why Great Britain opted to call Ash Handley into the GB squad, but to leave him out of the final tour game against Papua New Guinea. “Ash was brought out here because we deemed he was the best man for the job to give us cover on the wing spots. The difficultly for Ash is that it’s a long way to come and not play, of course, I understand that. Do we give a jersey away because someone has flown for 24 hours to get here, or do we give a jersey to someone who is the right man for the job?” he said to totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw.
James Graham believes Rhys Martin is a man to watch out for when the Lions take on Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with the Leeds back rower a former teammate of Graham’s from their days at Canterbury. He told Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith: “I am delighted to see him, on a personal note, doing so well for Leeds. He has been a great signing for them and certainly part of the reason why they are back on the up.”
Sonny Bill Williams admits he can’t see himself returning to the NRL after his stint with Toronto, but hasn’t ruled out boxing against Paul Gallen or Barry Hall. He told The Canberra Times’ Ian McCullough: “I’ll be 36 once this contract finishes so I can’t see my myself moving back to Australia any time soon.”I’ve had that (boxing) clause throughout my contracts. Whether it will be Paul Gallen or Barry Hall … time will tell.”