Bennett leaves Brisbane but not for job in Britain

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Wayne Bennett, widely regarded as the world's leading coach, is to leave the Brisbane Broncos after 22 years at the end of this season to join St George Illawarra – a move with implications for British clubs.

Three Super League coaches – St Helens' Daniel Anderson, Terry Matterson of Castleford and the Catalan Dragons' Mick Potter, have been linked with the job, whilst Bennett's decision ends any possibility of him taking over at Saints.

On the other hand, the current St George coach, Nathan Brown, will be looking for a job, as might the former Saints' coach, Ian Millward.

He is set to lose out to Canberra's Neil Henry for the role at North Queensland, where Millward is currently assistant to Graham Murray. The former Wigan and Leeds player, David Furner, is poised to take over from Henry at Canberra.

The Rugby League has no intention of blocking Castleford's application to register the disgraced sprinter, Dwain Chambers, as a trialist. The League believes it has no grounds for barring him, despite his drug-taking past, without running foul of restraint of trade laws.

Robbie Paul is set to make his Salford debut on Friday night. The winter signing from Huddersfield has been recuperating from a back operation and will see a specialist tomorrow.

All six matches in Cardiff over the Millennium Magic weekend next month will have a video referee, even though only four of them will be screened by Sky. The League does not intend, however, to have video refs at all games throughout the season because of the expense involved.