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McNamara appointed assistant Kiwi coach

Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz

Steve McNamara, Vodafone Warriors training session ahead of the weekends NRL Auckland Nines tournament. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. 1 February 2017. Copyright Image: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Steve McNamara, Vodafone Warriors training session ahead of the weekends NRL Auckland Nines tournament. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. 1 February 2017. Copyright Image: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Vodafone Warriors assistant coach Steve McNamara is stepping back into international rugby league after today being named the new Kiwi assistant coach for the coming Anzac Test as well as the Rugby League World Cup later in the year.

The 45-year-old ex-England coach was confirmed in the role by Kiwi head coach David Kidwell this morning.

The Yorkshireman was brought to New Zealand by new Vodafone Warriors head coach and ex-Kiwi boss Stephen Kearney last October.

Kearney said McNamara had the club’s full support in combing his roles.

“We’re really pleased for Steve to have this opportunity to step back into international rugby league,” he said.

“He did a terrific job when he coached England and he’ll be a real asset for the Kiwis as they build towards the Rugby League World Cup later this year.”

McNamara joined the Vodafone Warriors after being an assistant coach at the Sydney Roosters the last three seasons.

He played more than 300 top-level games for Great Britain, Hull FC, Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield from 1989-2003 before moving into coaching including six seasons as England head coach.

STEVE McNAMARA

Born: September 18, 1971

Birthplace: Hull, England

Coaching Career:

Club:

  Bradford head coach, 2006-2010

  Sydney Roosters assistant coach, 2014-2016

  Vodafone Warriors assistant coach, 2017

International:

  Great Britain assistant coach, 2007

  England assistant coach, 2008-2009

  England head coach, 2010-2015

Playing Career:

Position: Second row, loose forward

Junior Club: Skirlaugh, Hull

Club Career:

  Hull FC, 1989-1996

  Bradford, 1996-2000

  Wakefield, 2000

  Huddersfield, 2001-2003

International Career:

  Great Britain, 1992-1999