Stoked to hear Maguire announced as the new Kiwis coach to take the side through to the 2021 World Cup in England.
We couldn't have done better imo, apart from his coaching knowledge he's built strong relationships across the rugby league world and that should benefit us for future tours and tournaments. It's a side point I know but I remember when he took the Rabbitohs to Arizona to train at high altitude which is a good example of the type of useful experiential knowledge we have access to now with the superior calibre of coaching Madge brings and with the success he's already had in England and the knowledge he gained there it seems to me he's well suited to being head coach of an International footy team.
Interested to see how his first side is selected and who he names as captain, he's mentioned he want's players who value the Kiwis jersey and who are thorough professionals in clubland which seems a sound base to start from, a "NO dickheads" policy which is critical given whats been swept under the carpet on recent tours and how that was left to fester under Kidwell.
In terms of the Kiwi defectors he's stated the doors open but the thoughts of the senior playing group would be taken onboard, how he brings it together over the next six weeks will be interesting.
Taumalolo will he won't he?, Russell Packer will he be able to travel to the US with his conviction?, will Blackmore become his assistant coach?, will Adam Blair remain Kiwis captain?, Jesse Bromwich & kevin Proctor will they be welcomed back?, will Benji be selected to play for the Kiwis again?
Plenty of interesting sub plots there and its fantastic that I feel that way because the Kiwis had diminished so much in my eyes over the last couple of years I honestly wondered if I'd regain the passion I once had.
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