Internationals Bennett new Kiwis coach

EnterFien_old

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Wayne Bennett has been officially appointed as the new Kiwi coach on a three-year contract, the New Zealand Rugby League is set to announce in the next few days.

The Sunday Star-Times understands the Brisbane coach agreed terms after a meeting with NZRL chairman Ray Haffenden and general manager Peter Cordtz at the Broncos' Red Hill training ground on Thursday.

It was a swift meeting, with Haffenden and Cordtz on a plane home the same day.

While the league have yet to agree Bennett's staff, it is understood there will be a near-total overhaul of the off-field group that led New Zealand's disastrous northern hemisphere tour last October.

Bennett wants Stephen Kearney and Paul Bergman as his assistants but we have learned the NZRL have been talking to district officials about candidates for management roles.

That could lead to conflict with Bennett, who has definite ideas about who he wants involved.

The Brisbane legend isn't the only Bennett ready to get involved.

Former NZRL chairman Sel Bennett, famously ousted for his role in the "Grannygate" fiasco 14 months ago wants to make what would be a highly-controversial return to the board at March's elections. Bennett says the Coastline district (chaired by his brother-in-law Peter McKinnon) would nominate him.


SOURCE: Stuff.co.nz
 

IanS_old

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Excellent.

It will be great to see our players put it on the line for their coach of choice.
 

danco_old

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This has taken too long to happen and it is only been written in the Sydney Morning Herald. The quicker the official announcement is made the better.
 

Jesbass_old

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This has taken too long to happen and it is only been written in the Sydney Morning Herald. The quicker the official announcement is made the better.

Agreed, danco. The longer this process takes, the more circus-like the NZRL looks.

I'm not too sure about Selwyn's return, though... :nono: