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Kidwell to introduce NZ succession plan

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016
David Kidwell © Getty Images David Kidwell

New Kiwis boss David Kidwell hopes to use his time at the helm of the Test side to build a succession plan for future coaches.

Kidwell, 39, was appointed the new Kiwis coach on Friday after taking over from the departed Stephen Kearney.

The 24-cap Kiwi international worked under Kearney as assistant for three years before his appointment to the top job.

He told reporters on Friday he was yet to choose his two assistants, but was keen to set up a pathway for Kiwi coaches to the top job.

Kidwell had learned a huge deal from Kearney and hoped his successor would have a similar experience.

"Down to the finest detail, everything is very well planned and it's got to be, because these guys come from a professional environment," Kidwell said.

"The culture is the most important thing, and the characters within that culture making sure we're holding those values and beliefs."

New Zealand Rugby League boss Alex Hayton says he and Kidwell will be patient in their pursuit of assistants.

They would be willing to bring someone in on a short-term basis until the right man was found in time for next year's World Cup.

"If the right person isn't available straight away, maybe we just go short-term and then get the right person from the Kiwi pathway point of view," Hayton said.

"One of the first things (Kidwell) said was that, he's got the job, he wants a New Zealander on the next pathway coming through so they can come through when I move on."

Kidwell, who previously held the assistant roles at Melbourne and Wests Tigers, will step down from his job at Leichhardt Oval to manage the Kiwis full-time.

Hayton said Kidwell would be responsible for keeping communication lines open with Australia-based players and ensuring kids of Kiwi heritage pull on the black jumper.

He would also look to grow the Kiwis brand locally and overseas.

"We're in a battle with other countries to win the hearts and minds of kids with dual eligibility, and David can make sure those kids are aligned to NZ by just having his presence over there," Hayton said.

"It's' a real win-win."

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