Dean Bell handed Kiwis role

01:43, Jan 31 2009

Former Kiwis captain Dean Bell is among six management appointments announced today by the New Zealand Rugby League for the May 9 Centenary test against Australia in Sydney.

New Zealand Warriors community and development manager Bell, 45, accepted an invitation to be the Kiwis' football manager.

The announcement follows Monday's confirmation of former Kiwis skipper Stephen Kearney as the 28th coach in New Zealand history and veteran Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett as coaching and management adviser for the test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Bell, who played 26 tests for the Kiwis from 1983-89, returned home from England last year to join the Warriors after being the club's foundation captain in 1995.

He is also team manager for the Junior Warriors, who will play in the new National Youth Cup under-20 competition this season.

Five other appointments have been made, including that of Gordon Gibbons as team manager.


New Zealand Rugby League chairman Ray Haffenden has also confirmed another former Kiwi captain Howie Tamati will continue as convener of national selectors.

Kiwi management appointments confirmed for the May 9 test:

Coach: Stephen Kearney

Coaching and Management Adviser: Wayne Bennett

Team Manager: Gordon Gibbons

Football Manager: Dean Bell

Doctor: Simon Mayhew

Physiotherapist: Karl McDonald

Head trainer: Hayden Knowles

Trainer: Dayne Norton.