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McNamara joins Warriors' NRL coach staff

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Former England coach Steve McNamara is joining the Warriors on a two-year contract as one of the NRL club's three assistant coaches.

The Yorkshireman, an assistant at the Sydney Roosters for the past three seasons, will link up with new coach Stephen Kearney.

Former Kiwis coach Kearney's other assistants are the man he replaced in the top job, Andrew McFadden, and club legend Stacey Jones.

Apart from guiding England for five years, McNamara was also coach of Bradford in the English Super League.

"Now I'm really excited about this next step in my coaching career, coming to Auckland and working with Stephen and a great coaching group," the 45-year-old said.

"I have the greatest admiration for Stephen from the days when we were opposing coaches of our national teams."

Kearney said he couldn't be happier to secure McNamara.

"While Steve and I were adversaries in our roles with our national teams we formed a great relationship," he said.

"He brings qualities that will give us a really strong and experienced coaching group as we look ahead to take the Warriors to the level we collectively expect of this club."


Born: September 18, 1971, Hull.

Coaching career:

Club - Bradford 2006-2010, Sydney Roosters assistant 2014-2016

International - Great Britain assistant 2007, England assistant 2008-2009, England 2010-2015

Playing career:

Hull FC 1989-1996, Bradford 1996-2000, Wakefield 2000, Huddersfield 2001-2003

Great Britain 1992-1999

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