Bob Bennett (rugby league)

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Bob Bennett
Personal information
Born Australia
Playing information
Position Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953 Newtown Jets 1 0 1 0 2
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1960 NSW Country 1
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1996–05 Papua New Guinea 3 2 0 1 67
Source: RLP

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.

His brother, Wayne, has coached Australia and Queensland as well as several National Rugby League clubs.

Early years[edit]

Bennett grew up in a working-class family in nearby Warwick with an alcoholic father who deserted the family. He has two sisters, Michelle and Gretta and a brother, Wayne.[1]

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2]

Bennett was appointed the coach of the Papua New Guinea side in 1996 and led them to the 2000 World Cup.[3][4] He remained with the side until 2006 when he was replaced by his former captain, Adrian Lam.[5] Bennett became the Kumuls manager and served in this position at the 2008 World Cup.[6]

Later years[edit]

Bennett worked as a detective on the Gold Coast for the Queensland Police. After leaving the police he worked as the Manager of Safety and Security at Treasury Casino in Brisbane.[7]

At the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006 elections Bennett stood for the Queensland National Party in the Southport electorate.[8] 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 no longer lives with his brother Wayne.[9]


  1. ^ Hardwick, Peter (28 December 2009). "Wayne Bennett in town for lunch". The Chronicle. Australia: APN News & Media Ltd. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Toowoomba Clydsdales
  3. ^ Rugby League: Eagles to share United's roost The Independent, 14 September 1996
  4. ^ Wales' world in union blasted, 10 November 2000
  5. ^ PM's XIII outclasses Kumuls The Age, 18 September 2005
  6. ^ PNG on red alert is danger for Kiwis, 31 October 2008
  7. ^ Southport (Key Seat), 7 September 2006
  8. ^ Bob Bennett wins Queensland National Party nomination AAP, 29 August 2003
  9. ^ Is Bennett going to Souths or … cricket? Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2011
Preceded by
Joe Tokam
Papua New Guinea

Succeeded by
Adrian Lam