Australia coach Tim Sheens signs one-year extension
Last Updated: 25/02/14 11:03pm
Tim Sheens: Guided the Kangaroos to World Cup success in England
Tim Sheens will become the longest serving coach of Australia since Bob Fulton after signing a one-year extension to his contract.
The 63-year-old guided the Kangaroos to World Cup glory in England last year, and he will remain at the helm for the Test against New Zealand on May 2 as well as the end-of-season Four Nations Series.
NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said: "Tim has achieved a remarkable record of success as Kangaroos coach and we are excited he has agreed to continue in that role in 2014."
Sheens went to last year's World Cup with his career on the line after his controversial sacking by the Wests Tigers.
But he oversaw a phenomenal campaign from Australia, who capped a dominant tournament with a 34-2 thrashing of the Kiwis in the final.
The win in Manchester is regarded as one of the greatest performances by a Kangaroos team that did not concede a single try after the opening game of the competition against England.
Sheens replaced Ricky Stuart after their shock 2008 World Cup final defeat to New Zealand and has led the Kangaroos to two Four Nations titles in the UK.
He has also presided over five consecutive mid-year Tests against New Zealand and two end-of-season Tests against the Kiwis in that time for a total of 23 wins, a draw and one loss from 25 games.
"This is a role that means a lot to me," Sheens said. "It's a great honour to coach the Kangaroos and to work with the calibre of players we have in the side.
"There's a lot to look forward to this year with the mid-year Test back in Sydney and a Four Nations on home soil.
"It is a great opportunity for fans here to come and enjoy international rugby league and support the Kangaroos."
Sheens has now coached the Kangaroos for longer than Stuart, Wayne Bennett and Chris Anderson before him, while Fulton was in charge for 40 Tests from 1989-98.