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Rabbitohs confirm Wayne Bennett to return as coach in 2025

South Sydney have confirmed that Wayne Bennett will return to Redfern as coach in 2025 after officially signing a three-year deal.

The 74-year-old coached the Rabbitohs from 2019 to 2021, taking the foundation club to the grand final in 2021.

In 77 games at the helm at Redfern he had a 68 per cent win ratio, the best of any club he has coached at.

"On behalf of the board of the Rabbitohs we look forward to welcoming Wayne back to the club, and to finishing off what we got so close to achieving in 2021," said Rabbitohs chairman Nick Pappas.

The seven-time premiership winning coach is regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all time, having coached 924 premiership games and more than 1100 first-grade and representative games since the 1970s.

Bennett was the Brisbane Broncos' inaugural coach in 1988 and led them to six premierships [1992, '93, '97, '98, 2000, 2006] before winning another title with the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2010.

He coached the Maroons to five series wins in the State of Origin arena, the most recent being in 2020, when he led an underdog Queensland side to a memorable 2-1 triumph.

At international level he coached the Kangaroos in 1988 and 2004-05, Great Britain in 2019, England from 2016-19 and he was assistant coach to Stephen Kearney when New Zealand claimed World Cup glory in 2008.

In 2023 he took charge of the NRL's newest franchise the Dolphins, taking them to fourth on the ladder this season with 7-3 record.

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