David Kidwell appointed Kiwis assistant coach

Last updated 12:41 11/07/2014
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David Kidwell has been confirmed as the assistant coach for the Kiwis league team for this year's Four Nations tournament.

The former New Zealand international will assist head coach Stephen Kearney.

The position was vacated by Ivan Cleary who was too busy with his NRL commitments with the Penrith Panthers. His initial replacement, Andrew McFadden, was promoted to take over the Warriors and similarly became too busy for international commitments

The 37-year-old Kidwell is a former Junior Kiwis coach. His coaching CV also includes taking South Sydney Rabbitohs to the 2010 NRL Toyota Cup final, losing to the NZ Warriors, and serving as first-grade assistant coach at the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers.

"Obviously, I'm very excited and honoured to be part of the Kiwis again," said Kidwell, who played 241 first grade games in the NRL and 20 tests for New Zealand including winning the 2008 World Cup.

 "The future looks bright for the team and I'm happy to be part of that.

"I've been coaching for five years now and think I've picked up a few really good things that I can bring to the Kiwis. I have a good sound knowledge of the game and I think I'm a pretty good people person, but I'm also good at getting my point across.

"A few of the guys from the Junior Kiwis are now in the Kiwis, so it'll be exciting to hook back up with them, having seen their progress through the NRL."

The NZ Kiwis kick off their Four Nations campaign against Australia in Brisbane on October 25, followed by Toa Samoa in Whangarei on November 1 and England in Dunedin on November 8.

The final is scheduled for Wellington on November 15.

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