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Maguire confirmed as new Kiwis coach

Former premiership-winning South Sydney Rabbitohs mentor Michael Maguire is the new coach of the Kiwis on a four-year deal, the New Zealand Rugby League confirmed on Thursday.

10 May 2018

Maguire confirmed as new Kiwis coach

Former premiership-winning South Sydney Rabbitohs mentor Michael Maguire is the new coach of the Kiwis on a four-year deal, the New Zealand Rugby League confirmed on Thursday.

Maguire edged out former NRL coaches Des Hasler and Geoff Toovey and ex-NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley to take on the role vacated by David Kidwell following last year's World Cup.

"This was a great opportunity and I'm excited about getting to work. This was a great opportunity and I'm excited about getting to work," Maguire said.

Maguire's first game in charge of the national side will be the Test against England in Denver on June 23.

He confirmed he wants both Kevin Proctor and Jesse Bromwich to be a part of Denver Test after the star forwards were stood down from the World Cup after they were caught using cocaine after last year's mid-season loss to Australia in Canberra.

Maguire said Manu Ma'u and Russell Packer would "definitely" be part of his plans for his first squad and he would try to get their US visa issues sorted in the near future.

The Kiwis also have a three-Test series against England at the end of the season and are scheduled to play in Hull, Liverpool and Leeds.

Since parting ways with the Rabbitohs at the end of last season, Maguire has been working with NRL match officials.

He has also previously coached Wigan and took the famous English club to a Super League premiership in 2010 and victory in the 2011 Challenge Cup before joining Souths in 2012.

By Jackson Thomas via NRL.com
This article first appeared on NRL.com here: https://bit.ly/2IwatBu

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