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Qld greats tell Green to take Kiwis role

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

Queensland NRL greats have urged Cowboys coach Paul Green to join New Zealand's coaching staff for the Rugby League World Cup.

Green is weighing up an offer to become David Kidwell's right-hand man which would pit him against star playmaker Johnathan Thurston, with whom he combined to win a maiden Cowboys Premiership in 2015.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said he believed Green should take on the role.

"You've got Wayne [Bennett] coaching England, you've got Australian coaches coaching the tier two teams like Samoa, Tonga and Fiji," Meninga told Fox Sports Australia.

"I believe that we get our best coaches, particularly World Cup year, and spread them around all the different nations that play in the World Cup and let them be involved - particularly tier two."

Maroons great Justin Hodges said Green would be a massive boost to New Zealand's chances at the World Cup.

The Kiwis brought in former England boss and Warriors assistant Steve McNamara as Kidwell's sole assistant on Tuesday for the Anzac Test in May.

But New Zealand Rugby League are open to bringing a second assistant on board for their tilt at the World Cup later in the year.

"I reckon he brings a lot of structure, I think that's the way he coaches," Hodges said.

"He's obviously got a great insight there against JT [Thurston] but he's not actually coaching against JT - he's coaching against a dominant Australian team."

Hodges said Bennett had showed what Australian coaches could bring to Kiwi sides in New Zealand's victorious 2008 World Cup tilt.

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