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19th August 2020, 17:57 | englandrl

England's Shaun Wane hails Betfred Super League restart

Wane also confirms squad additions

England Head Coach Shaun Wane is a famously hard man to impress – but he is delighted to sing the praises of the on-field quality of the Betfred Super League since the season resumed three weeks ago.

All the statistics available so far confirm that the game has been faster and more relentless than ever following a number of law changes made during the 20-week hiatus enforced by the Coronavirus pandemic, including the removal of scrums and the adoption of the “Six-Again” rule which had already been introduced in the NRL, to reduce the number of penalties and stoppages.

Wane held a virtual media conference today to reflect on the recent extension to his contract as England coach, and a range of other topics which included the importance of a mid-season international in 2021, and the decision of the St Helens loose forward Morgan Knowles to represent his Cumbrian birthplace rather than his Welsh ancestry with an eye on next year’s home World Cup.

When asked whether he would know which 13 names he would select if there were an international next weekend, Wane answered: “Yes – but that changes every time I watch a round of Super League.

“Before lockdown, I thought the standard needed to improve – the detail in attack, the toughness in defence.

“But since they’ve come back, it’s been an absolute credit to our players.

“The physicality when you’re watching the games live or on Sky, and you see the players ripping into each other.

“Then you see the attack, and how they’ve adapted to six again – it’s been a massive credit to our players, and also the coaches, who don’t forget only had a couple of weeks to prepare.

“You can tell the players have looked after themselves during the lockdown, and the coaches and the players have done a fantastic job. I’m just loving having the Super League back.”