Support as a coach is always crucial and when it is someone you know well, that makes it even easier – as David Kidwell, a former Kiwi international, joins the New Zealand Kiwis side as an assistant coach.
He and Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney go some way back, with both having played alongside each other at the Melbourne Storm, with Kidwell having played in 241 NRL games.
Along with 20 Tests for NZ and success at the 2008 World Cup, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs Holden Cup coach, Kidwell is pleased to be involved with the Kiwis again.
“Obviously, I’m very excited and honoured to be part of the Kiwis again,” says Kidwell.
“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.
Having held the position of Junior Kiwis coach in the past, Kidwell has a close association with some of the current Kiwi players.
“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,” said Kidwell.
Knowing how crucial it is to develop the coaching platforms at the New Zealand Rugby League, General Manager of Football Tony Iro believes bringing Kidwell in is a start.
“It’s important we continue to develop our coaching depth at all levels, including the elite level,” says NZRL football general manager Tony Iro.
“David has certainly shown his ability during his career to date and we like the idea of a Kiwi coaching staff guiding this team towards the next World Cup.”