South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has been confirmed as Kevin Walters’ 11th-hour successor, after the former Maroons coach sensationally quit Origin to coach the Brisbane Broncos earlier this week.
The 70-year-old Rabbitohs coach will take the reins in a series Queensland enter as huge underdogs, although there’s no word on whether he will continue in the job past this season.
The six-time premiership coach has won five of the seven series he coached the Maroons in, although he hasn’t coached at Origin level since 2003.
In a statement released to NRL.com, Bennett said he “[loves] coaching Queensland” and that he was “extremely humbled” to be asked to take over the job left vacant by Walters.
“I’m very proud and pleased that I’m still able to do it. State of Origin means so much to the people of Queensland.
“It’s been a difficult year for many people and I just want to give something back if I can,” he said.
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