'This is a good wake up call' - Review findings into Kiwis' World Cup failure released

The independent review into the Kiwis' disastrous 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign have been released today, with the organisation to make several changes in the wake of the tournament failure.

Led by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and sports lawyer Tim Castle didn't hold back in their criticism of NZRL, following the Kiwis' exit at the hands of Fiji at the quarter-final stage.

The review released today, finds that NZRL failed to provide head coach David Kidwell with the appropriate support required for his role as head coach of the Kiwis, while also stating that the organisation lacked proven high performance sporting expertise.

Speaking at a media conference, NZRL Boad Chair Reon Edwards said that they welcome the review's findings.

"Disappointing as it was, the Kiwis 2017 loss could ultimately be for the best for the game," said Edwards.

"This is a good wake-up call and an opportunity for a fresh start."

Several recommendations have been included in the report, with the most significant being to remove the policy of Kiwis coach being a New Zealander.

A dedicated support structure for the Kiwis head coach and support staff will also be put into place, while a player relationship policy will be added to provide strong player welfare and culture - the report recommended.

A greater emphasis will be placed on understanding hiph performance sport at CEO level, with the review finding a crippling weakness in the Kiwis' preparation for last year's World Cup.

Kiwis Shaun Johnson is dejected following their loss during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match. New Zealand Kiwis v Fiji. Wellington Regional Stadium. 18th November 2017. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
Kiwis Shaun Johnson is dejected following their loss during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match Source: Photosport


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