Bob Bennett (rugby league)
|1996–2005||Papua New Guinea|
Bob Bennett is an Australian former rugby league player and coach who played professionally for the Newtown Jets and New South Wales Country sides and also coached Papua New Guinea at the 2000 World Cup.
Bennett played from fullback to front row during his career and spent from 1974-1981 seasons with Past Brothers, Brisbane. In 1979 he represented he represented the Qld Police. In 1981 he moved to Warwick in Qld. and Captain/Coached Collegians 'Á' Grade to 3 constitutive premierships 1982, 83 & 84.
Bennett was, like his brother, involved with the Queensland Police and during the 1980s he coached the Police's Toowoomba Clydsdales side to a State Championship. He later became the first coach of the Australian Police Rugby League.
Bennett was appointed the coach of the Papua New Guinea side in 1996 and led them to the 2000 World Cup. He remained with the side until 2006 when he was replaced by his former captain, Adrian Lam. Bennett became the Kumuls manager and served in this position at the 2008 World Cup.
At the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006 elections Bennett stood for the Queensland National Party in the Southport electorate. The seat was a safe Labor seat and incumbent Peter Lawlor retained the seat.
In 2010 Bennett was appointed as the first CEO of the Men of League Foundation. He currently lives with his brother Wayne.
- Hardwick, Peter (28 December 2009). "Wayne Bennett in town for lunch". The Chronicle (Australia: APN News & Media Ltd). Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- Toowoomba Clydsdales policerugbyleague.com.au
- Rugby League: Eagles to share United's roost The Independent, 14 September 1996
- Wales' world in union blasted bbc.co.uk, 10 November 2000
- PM's XIII outclasses Kumuls The Age, 18 September 2005
- PNG on red alert is danger for Kiwis goldcoast.com.au, 31 October 2008
- Southport (Key Seat) abc.net.au, 7 September 2006
- Bob Bennett wins Queensland National Party nomination AAP, 29 August 2003
- Is Bennett going to Souths or … cricket? Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2011
Papua New Guinea