Veteran NRL coach Wayne Bennett has reportedly split with his glamorous younger girlfriend just 19 months after leaving his wife of 42 years for her.
Bennett’s friends told The Daily Telegraph he is no longer with Dale Cage, 52.
In September 2016, Daily Mail Australia revealed that Bennett, 68, was dating Cage after meeting the blonde beauty while she was working as a medical secretary in Newcastle, New South Wales.
It came after the Broncos coach announced his split from his wife Trish Bennett, who cares for the couple’s two adult disabled children, Justin and Katherine.
Veteran NRL coach Wayne Bennett has reportedly split with his glamorous younger girlfriend less just 19 months after leaving his wife of 42 years for her
Wayne Bennett was seeing Dale Cage, a glamorous younger woman and mother-of-three from Newcastle
Ms Cage and Bennett crossed paths when the 66-year-old NRL coach moved to Newcastle to coach the Knights
Wayne Bennett announced last year that he and his wife of 42 years had split
Bennett announced in September that he and his wife of 42 years Trish (pictured together in an Australian Story documentary in 1999) had split
The NRL coach was dating a woman 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 Broncs 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
Ms Cage was working as a secretary at a performance physiotherapy clinic when she crossed paths with the coach.
Ms Cage had left her partner of more than 20 years, who is also the father of her children, and moved to Queensland.
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’.
In 1998, Bennett was named Queensland’s ‘father of the year’ a year later the private coach opened up about his family life in a rare interview.
He describes his first-born child Justin as ‘quite normal’ at birth saying the couple was ‘very happy to have him’.
According to Trish, he had seizures following a ‘triple antigen needle’.
The blonde beauty split was in a relationship with her partner of 20 years prior to meeting Bennett
During the seizures Justin suffered brain damage.
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 a disability.
‘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.
Katherine was born with arthrogryposis – a disability of the joints.
‘She had clubfeet. 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.’