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Anderson era set to close

By Brent Read 22/02/2004 06:33:48 PM Comments (0)

Three months after guiding Australia to one of its greatest series victories, Chris Anderson is set to be replaced as national rugby league coach by Wayne Bennett on Monday.

Queensland officials have the numbers to knock off one of the game's most successful coaches at club and representative level despite Anderson's work with the understrength Kangaroos in England.

The 50-year-old premiership-winning coach will take a near-flawless record with him, including 15 wins from 18 Tests, two series wins over the Lions and the 2000 World Cup.

Anderson's parting shot as national coach was arguably his most memorable.

He took a Kangaroos squad minus 19 Test-quality players, including captains Andrew Johns and Gorden Tallis, to England and led them to a 3-0 series whitewash of Great Britain.

"You have to get an invitation (to coach Australia)," Queensland Rugby League managing director Ross Livermore said.

"What I understand is the invitation is going elsewhere."

Five-time premiership winning coach Bennett, who led Australia to victory over New Zealand twice in 1998 in a brief stint as Test coach, made himself available again late last year, having previously shed the Queensland State of Origin job.

"We have said all along that there should be a change from Chris," Livermore said.

"People kept saying when are you going to do it. I always knew that Wayne wasn't interested in the position unless it was in the (club) off-season.

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