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Warriors get high-powered support

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/09/2016

Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has been included on a newly-formed Warriors advisory board to address on-field matters.

Owner Eric Watson announced the creation of the group in conjunction with the appointment of Stephen Kearney as the club's new coach.

Kearney will leave the Brisbane Broncos to take up the role, with former head coach Andrew McFadden demoted to an assistant role, alongside club great Stacey Jones.

Watson says an advisory board will fill a void that has existed at the club for a long time.

While the club's full board directors brought commercial expertise, there had been a lack of sporting knowledge to address on-field shortcomings and issues, Watson said.

Watson is on the board, along with Henry, Warriors managing director Jim Doyle, directors Owen Eastwood and Les Archer, experienced NFL coach Eric Mangini and former Warriors forward Awen Guttenbeil.

The group will meet monthly, separate to the full board.

"I'm really excited about what we're creating for the Warriors, giving the senior players better coaching support than they've had before," Watson said.

"The formation of the advisory board together with Stephen's appointment and the other coaching roles are all part of a comprehensive overhaul of how we do business."

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