1 Dec 2008

Bennett not interested in Kangaroos job should Stuary stand down

7:00 pm on 1 December 2008

The assistant coach of the world cup winning Kiwis, Wayne Bennett says he doesn't know if his successor Ricky Stuart should resign as Australian coach, but says he understands the pressure the Kangaroos boss is under.

Stuart's been heavily criticised following Australia's shock loss to New Zealand in last month's World Cup final and his abusive outburst at referee Ashley Klein.

Speaking on his first day at training with new club St George Illawarra, Bennett, who resigned as coach of Australia following the 2005 Tri Nations loss to the Kiwis, says coaching the Kangaroos is different to any other job in the game.

Bennett and Stuart have had a tense a tense relationship since Stuart succeeded him, with Stuart saying when he took on the role he'd bring the passion back to the Australian jersey.

But Bennett, who New Zealand rugby league want to keep involved with the Kiwis has laughed off suggestions he'd consider reapplying for the Australian job if it became available.