New Zealand's Shaun Kenny-Dowall is tackled by Australia's Valentine Holmes during the Four Nations.
New Zealand's Shaun Kenny-Dowall is tackled by Australia's Valentine Holmes during the Four Nations. Simon Cooper

Kidwell looking for help as Kiwis coach

RUGBY LEAGUE: New Zealand coach David Kidwell admits he needs to surround himself with experienced minds if he has any chance of turning the team's current slump around.

Kidwell has just one win in five matches as Kiwis coach and was in the firing line after a disappointing Four Nations campaign that included two losses to Australia and a draw with Scotland.

He said coming in just months out from the campaign was tough, and that having someone else to lean on could help dramatically.

"I've got an opportunity to align myself with high-performance New Zealand, and go into a forum where other coaches might have been in the same situation,” Kidwell told Newstalk.

"It's an opportunity for me to learn.

"I'll make sure I surround myself with people who are going to get the job done.”

Kidwell and his Kiwis were also criticised for their apparent "lackadaisical” attitude when preparing for the Four Nations final.

The coach denied the claims, and instead deflected blame from the Kiwis towards the pure skill of the Kangaroos.

"You've got to remember this Australian team, there are two or three immortals going through that team,” he said.

"If you had seen the way we trained and the intensity - I wouldn't have seen that performance coming.”

Kidwell will remain as Kiwis coach until after next year's World Cup, however his assistant coaches' roles are up for grabs.​


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