Ben­nett splits from girl­friend

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

IT was rugby league’s most sur­pris­ing true love story — and now it ap­pears to be over. For the mo­ment, any­way. The tem­pes­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship of Bron­cos coach Wayne Ben­nett and Dale Cage, the for­mer New­cas­tle re­cep­tion­ist 16 years his ju­nior, has taken a sad twist, with the pair telling friends they are no longer to­gether.

Ben­nett’s col­leagues and as­so­ciates, how­ever, say they would not be sur­prised to see the pair re­unite after a stormy year in which they have re­peat­edly parted, only to get back to­gether.

Ben­nett, a for­mer Queens­land Fa­ther of the Year, shocked the league com­mu­nity in 2016 when he left Tr­ish, his wife of 42 years.

The Ben­netts had pre­vi­ously shared their pri­vate life with the ABC’s Aus­tralian W Story, telling their in­spir­ing story of rais­ing two chil­dren who live with dis­abil­ity.

Tr­ish Ben­nett was dev­as­tated by their split and re­mains sin­gle.

In 2016 Ms Cage, a mother of three, moved to Bris­bane to be with Ben­nett, and the pair bought a home in the Bris­bane river­side sub­urb of Yeronga.

Ben­nett, now 68, and Cage, 52, were re­ported re­cently to be en­gaged but it ap­pears this might have been a fleet­ing mo­ment of har­mony.

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