Wayne Bennett is a well-known and respected Australian, whose motivation and drive to innovate rugby saw him become one of the greatest coaches ever seen. His presentations are fueled by rugby anecdotes, and are filled with a refreshing honesty that is sure to remain with audiences long after conclusion.
Wayne has been recognised as one of the most influential and innovative individuals in Rugby and as acknowledgement of his dedication, in 2012, he was inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame. He is the longest serving coach of a single club in rugby history in Australia and has one of the best winning percentages in Rugby League.
Wayne is currently the Head Coach for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Ipswich:Wayne began his triumphant coaching career in Ipswich in 1976.
Canberra Raiders: In 1987, he made the move to Canberra where he coached the Raiders to their first ever Grand Final appearance and as a result he was titled ‘Coach of the Year’. In 1998, he made history by becoming the first coach to steer his club, state and country to victory in their respective series.
Brisbane Broncos:From 1992 to 2006, Wayne joined the Brisbane Broncos as their foundational coach and guided the club to six Premierships. In 2006 he was titled ‘The Greatest Coach Ever’, as he coached the Broncos to the Rugby League Grand Final. Wayne concluded training the Broncos in 2008 after 21 years before returning to the club at the end of the 2014 season.
St George Dragons: In 2009 he moved to New South Wales to begin coaching the St George Dragons. In 2009, he guided the Dragons to Grand Final victory, creating a record for himself after leading teams to seven victories.
Newcastle Knights: In 2011, Bennett made the move to the Newcastle Knights. Under his guidance, they made it to the semi-finals in 2013. At the end of the 2014 season, he made the switch back to the Broncos.
Author: Wayne is the author of three books ‘Don’t Die with the Music in You’, ‘League’s A Lot Like Life’ and most recently ‘The Man in the Mirror’ in which Bennett recognises his triumphs and trials and demonstrates his desire to change up the game and become one of the greatest coaches.
Wayne provided more than we expected. His speech had the whole crowd to attention. You could have heard a pin drop. He covered off on the points we requested in our pre-brief. He stayed righ ... keep readingt to the end 10pm and constantly signed books by requesting staff. Feedback this morning has been exceptional. National Australia Bank
Wayne Bennett was great at our event! He was received really well and I've had lots of people say they enjoyed his session. He took lots of questions and hung around after the event so people could chat to him etc.
Wayne was fantastic! Our feedback sheets indicated that he was the most popular speaker at the conference. Comments were all positive; inspirational/motivational/great perception of life/wonderful work ethic/know why he's a great coach/"Clint Eastwood like character"/wonderful human being… the list goes on! We were late in getting Wayne on, due to an unexpected presentation, but he was very gracious and understanding. I would absolutely recommend him for any like event - he's brilliant!