The Kiwis rugby league team have boosted their coaching staff for the looming Four Nations tournament, with Junior Warriors assistant Kelvin Wright coming on board as an analyst.
The 33-year-old will work with head coach Stephen Kearney and assistant David Kidwell.
The New Zealand Rugby League see Wright's appointment as another step in developing local talent.
Wright helped the Auckland Lions to four Bartercard Cup titles as a player and also had a brief spell in France.
Since hanging up his boots, Wright has coached Otara Scorpions and Bay Roskill Vikings in the Auckland club competition, and assisted with Akarana Falcons 17s.
He joined the Warriors as U20s assistant, initially under John Ackland and now Kiwis legend Stacey Jones. He is also the current Junior Kiwis assistant under Brent Gemmell.
"It's a fantastic opportunity," said Wright, who also works as a builder.
"I feel really lucky and honoured to be part of the Kiwis coaching staff.
"I see it as a step in the right direction and hopefully, it shows other young Kiwi coaches that the opportunities are there, if they put the time in.
"I think I've got good knowledge of the game and after speaking to Stephen Kearney, I think he just needs another set of eyes and another voice with different ideas."
New Zealand and Australia are co-hosting the Four Nations tournament that also involves Samoa and England.
It will be played from October 25 to November 15 with the final to be hosted by Wellington.
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