Adding another coaching gig to his current coaching resume, Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has accepted a role to become the New Zealand Kiwis assistant coach for the upcoming 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
With the World Cup to start in October, Cleary will assist Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney, replacing Tony Iro in the role, who has now moved into a management position.
Although Australian, having spent a large portion of his life playing and coaching in New Zealand, Cleary says he feels half Kiwi.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m really humbled. This is probably the best Kiwis squad I have seen in my time and the Kiwis have a great opportunity to defend their title,” Cleary said.
“I watched the Cialis 10mg Kiwis in the ANZAC test and thought ‘These guys can win the World Cup’…I took a couple of days on the decision, but the challenge was too good to refuse.”
Set to act as a selector for the side also, Kearney said that they searched a lot of names, but felt that Cleary was the best fit for the role.
“His experience and what he has to offer the football group is valuable and the more minds we have together to win the World Cup, the better,” Kearney said.
“Ivan understands our culture and is respected by the players. He is experienced as a coach and, importantly, he’s match-fit. Those he has worked with closely have a lot of confidence in him.”