The glamorous partner of Brisbane super coach Wayne Bennett has slammed rumours the pair have split.
The veteran NRL coach, 68, became engaged to Dale Cage, 52, last month after meeting the blonde beauty while she was working as a medical secretary in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Bennett’s relationship with Ms Cage follows his split from wife of 42 years Trish Bennett, who cares for the couple’s two adult disabled children, Justin and Katherine.
The Veteran NRL coach, 68, got engaged to Dale Cage, 52, last month (pictured together on a date in Brisbane in March 2017)
Speaking from the Gold Coast on Sunday, Ms Cage said the rumours she had split from Bennett were untrue.
‘We are still together. We had breakfast on the Gold Coast and I was at the game on Friday night,’ she told The Courier Mail.
‘We know where the rumours are coming from.
‘Like any couple we have our tiffs but to suggest we are on-again, off-again, that’s not true.’
Bennett’s relationship with Ms Cage was recently referenced when Newcastle coach Nathan Brown accused the super coach of thinking with his ‘little head’ rather than his ‘big head’.
Brown later apologised for his comments admitting they were inappropriate.
Bennett with his glamorous girlfriend Dale Cage, who Ms Cage insists are still happily a couple
Veteran NRL coach Wayne Bennett reportedly left his wife of 42 years for Ms Cage
Ms Cage was working as a secretary at a performance physiotherapy clinic when she crossed paths with the coach.
After meeting Cage, she left her partner of more than 20 years, the father of her children, and moved to Queensland to be with him.
Bennett, who was a police officer before becoming an NRL coach, doesn’t drink, smoke or gamble and was known for being a ‘family man’.
Ms Cage and Bennett crossed paths when the 68-year-old NRL coach moved to Newcastle to coach the Knights
Wayne Bennett (pictured in 2016) announced two years ago that he and his wife of 42 years had split
After Bennett was named Queensland’s ‘father of the year’ in 1998, the normally private coach opened up about his family life in a rare interview.
He described his first-born child Justin as ‘quite normal’ at birth saying the couple was ‘very happy to have him’.
Justin had seizures following a ‘triple antigen needle’ and suffered brain damage.
Bennett and his estranged wife Trish are pictured together in an Australian Story documentary in 1999
The NRL coach was dating Cage after he met in Newcastle while he was working with the Knights
WHO IS WAYNE BENNETT?
Wayne Bennett is the head coach of the Brisbane Broncos NRL team.
- Bennett has had seven grand final wins during his career
- Six wins were with the Brisbane Broncos, one with the St George lllawarra Dragons
- His only grand final loss was to North Queensland Cowboys in 2015. His team was defeated in golden point.
- His coaching career started in 1988 at the Broncos as their inaugural coach
- In 1998 he was Queensland’s father of the year
- He has lead the Queensland State of Origin team to victory
- In 2008 he released his autobiography
The couple then had a daughter, Elizabeth, who is now married to Ben Ikin. They have four children. Bennett’s next child, Katherine, was born with arthrogryposis – a disability of the joints.
‘There was no indication there was anything wrong. Doctor came out when I was in the waiting room. He said Wayne he said things aren’t real good. We haven’t got a good one here. Funny how you remember his exact words,’ Bennett said.
‘She had club feet. Her feet were sitting on her tummy. Her arms were extended because she couldn’t bend her elbows,’ Mrs Bennett said.
Bennett met his wife on a blind date set up by her brother.
He said: ‘So I just turned up and I met Trish. Some would say it was the luckiest day of my life. And they’d be right too actually. They’d be right.’