Was Wayne Bennett one of the most significant signings in the history of the Canberra Raiders?

Was Wayne Bennett one of the most significant signings in the history of the Canberra Raiders?

The Riotact

Legendary rugby league coach Wayne Bennett will lead the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL grand final this weekend against the Penrith Panthers. It will be his 10th NRL/NSWRL grand final appearance as coach.

His first was with the Canberra Raiders in 1987, in his only season at the club, in which he took it to its first grand final.

The impact Bennett made in those 12 months effectively set the template for the Raiders in the successful years that followed. Prior to this, Canberra had finished the 1986 season towards the bottom of the ladder in 11th place, with 15 losses.

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