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Maroon officials are expected to go full steam ahead for a Wayne Bennett-Darren Lockyer Test coach-captain ticket at next month's Australian Rugby League board meeting.
Bennett today declared his interest in regaining the national coaching job.
The ARL board could decide at next month's meeting whether it retains Chris Anderson or recalls Bennett with Australia expected to play New Zealand in an Anzac Test in April. Bennett is assured of the full support of the Queensland board members and Anderson, despite his outstanding 15-3 Test record, will surely have a real fight on his hands.
While Lockyer would love to lead Australia again, he conceded Andrew Johns deserved the job back because he had only lost it through injury.