Wayne Bennett

Dolphins unveil first jersey amid warning from Dragons legend

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett unveiled the jersey at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, with the club still deciding on its home and away strip.

In the Queensland Cup, the Dolphins have worn of red and white jerseys, with some designs including a white V.

The Dolphins heritage jumper is also red and white - the same colours as the Dragons - and Young wants to ensure the similarities end there.

He declared the Dragons’ iconic red V design off limits as the Dolphins deliberate what jersey to wear when they enter the NRL in 2023.

‘Didn’t want them’: Bennett’s Broncos swipe as new Dolphins coach drops target hints

After being strongly linked to the role for some time, the Dolphins unveiled Bennett at a press conference on Thursday.
“I feel very privileged actually,” Bennett said.

 

Bennett reunion a chance with expansion team set to target Walker as marquee man

The Daily Telegraph reported that Bennett is set to be the innaugural coach of the NRL’s 17th license and that his Souths five-eighth for the last three seasons will be on the shopping list.

The Redcliffe Dolphins are tipped to be the NRL’s expansion team for 2023 with an announcement set to be made in the coming weeks and Bennett is all but guaranteed to be the coach.

Dolphins set to win Bennett with Redcliffe to be unveiled as NRL’s 17th team

The Dolphins who will adopt a new name to replace Redcliffe are set to be unveiled as the NRL’s 17th team to join the competition in 2023.

“It is understood Bennett is close with signing with Redcliffe, who this month will be announced as Brisbane’s second team,” Channel 7 reported.

Bennett was always going home to Queensland after this season with Jason Demetriou taking over as head coach of South Sydney.
Departing Souths coach Wayne Bennett is set to join the Redcliffe Dolphins when they are officially announced as the NRL’s Brisbane expansion team this month.

‘The making of him as a coach’: The grand final win with Souths that saved Bennett’s career

Like then, it will be his last game in charge of the club.

His inspirational leader, who is also moving onto pastures new, is under an injury cloud.

And his team, who have been accused of being the bridesmaids and never the brides, are going up against a side who have had their measure in recent meetings.

After more than 40 years in coaching, things have finally come full circle.

Sunday’s clash with Penrith will be Bennett’s 12th grand final, and 10th of the NRL era.

Bennett questions controversial Slater 'drop-kick' try ruling

Slater drop-kicked the ball for himself close to the line to set up the Storm's opening try in what the NRL has since deemed to be an initial correct ruling by the on-field referee Ashley Klein.

Klein sent the ruling to the Bunker which confirmed the try. Klein then explained to Brisbane captain Darius Boyd that Slater was entitled to drop-kick the ball and didn't have to necessarily kick for the posts.

NRL referees boss Bernie Sutton explained why the correct ruling was made (see video below).

New half Bird gets a pass mark from Bennett

Bird was instrumental in the Brisbane Broncos' 27-18 win over the Warriors – ending the home side's streak of five straight wins.

His shift from centre into the halves came late this week when Kodi Nikorima was ruled out with a leg injury on Friday.

The NSW representative was strong on defence throughout and layed on a crucial try for Jaydn Su'A late in the second half.

Coach Wayne Bennett was at his mumbling best post-match and was careful not to heap the praise on Bird, but acknowledged his half's performance was a "steady" one – and overall a pass mark.

Bennett breaks silence over feud with Brown

Speaking to NRL.com in Auckland on the eve of Saturday's clash with the Warriors, Bennett was quick to hose down the feud, going as far as to say he wasn't even aware of what Brown said in the press conference following Newcastle's 15-10 win.

Brown takes swipe at Bennett after Knights win

Bennett was coach of the Knights for three seasons from 2012-14, before Brown took over in 2016, and was given the task of rebuilding virtually from scratch. 

The former Dragon did not hold back in letting Bennett know that he holds him responsible for leaving the club in such a bad state, ending his post-match press conference after landing the blow.

"The reality is, when Wayne came to town, if he thought with his big head rather than his little head I wouldn’t have had to rebuild the joint," Brown said.

Broncos names side against SP Hunters

Milford will make a return from shoulder surgery off the bench in the match in Port Moresby.

Sam Scarlett will start in the halves alongside Kodi Nikorima, with Milford to join the fray at some stage of the game against the Intrust Super Cup champions of last year.

BRONCOS TEAM TO PLAY PNG HUNTERS

Saturday, 3.30pm (PNG time)

1. Jamayne Isaako

2. Jonus Pearson

3. James Roberts

4. Tom Opacic

5. Jordan Kahu

6. Sam Scarlett

7. Kodi Nikorima

8. Matt Lodge

9. Todd Murphy