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Proctor has reportedly signed a multi-million dollar deal to join the Gold Coast Titans who are look to replace Greg Bird. Source: 1 NEWS


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David Kidwell keeps confidence in Kiwis, names unchanged squad for Four Nations opener

David Kidwell has kept the faith with his Kiwis side despite their 26-6 drubbing at the hands of the Kangaroos two weeks ago by naming the same squad to face England in their opening Four Nations clash.

The Kiwis coach has given Solomone Kata and Jordan Rapana, who both debuted internationally in the loss in Perth, another shot while Shaun Kenny-Dowall also managed to retain his place in the side despite heavy criticism for what was labeled his worst ever performance in the black jersey.

The Kiwis playmaker insisted that the side will only get better after the 26-6 loss to Australia in Perth. Source: 1 NEWS

Kidwell put the performances such as Kenny-Dowall's down time off.

"We understand the challenge that's ahead of us and we need to be at our best," he said.

The Dally M Medal winner insists that he isn't taking being benched during the Kiwis 26-6 loss to Australia personally. Source: 1 NEWS

"In Perth, a lot of our guys hadn't played for a long period of time. The result wasn't what we wanted but all the players were better off for the run and we will look to build from that."

Back-rower Greg Eastwood replaces Joseph Tapine as 19th man in the only change to the squad for the Sunday morning NZT Test in Huddersfield.

England have named four changes for the Test from the side that dismantled France 40-6 last weekend.

Sam Burgess has been named in the side for the first time in three years after serving his suspension last week. It will be his first Test as captain of the team too.

Kiwis: Jordan Kahu, Jason Nightingale, Solomone Kata, Shaun Kenny- Dowall, Jordan Rapana; Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson; Jesse Bromwich (capt), Issac Luke, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris, Jason Taumalolo.

Kiwis Interchange: Lewis Brown, Martin Taupau, Manu Ma'u, Adam Blair. Greg Eastwood

England squad: John Bateman, George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Liam Farrell, Luke Gale, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Dan Sarginson, Kallum Watkins, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.

There was no mucking around for David Kidwell's troops, with his side getting stuck into a light gym workout. Source: 1 NEWS


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Warriors confirm former England coach as Stephen Kearney's assistant

Former England coach Steve McNamara is joining the Warriors on a two-year contract as one of three NRL assistant coaches next season.

The 45-year-old links up with new Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney after being an assistant coach at the Sydney Roosters the last three seasons.

"Steve has tremendous coaching credentials through his time as England's head coach as well as his experience with Bradford in the Super League and now the Roosters in the NRL," said Warriors managing director Jim Doyle.

"In joining Stephen, Cappy (Andrew McFadden) and Stacey (Jones), Steve completes our NRL coaching staff for next season.

"We're excited about being able to bring this group of coaches together as we strive to lift our standards. Certainly our senior players and the whole NRL squad will now have better coaching support than they’ve ever had before."

McNamara coached against Kearney for eight years including last year's three-Test series won by England. 

"I've learnt so much about the NRL in my three seasons with the Roosters, adding to past experience with England and Bradford," he said.

"Now I'm really excited about this next step in my coaching career, coming to Auckland and working with Stephen and a great coaching group.

"I am in no doubt that the Warriors have the players to make a mark in the NRL and I want to do all I can to help make that happen.

"I have the greatest admiration for Stephen from the days when we were opposing coaches of our national teams. He has done wonderfully well with the Kiwis and I'm sure he's going to do a terrific job with the Warriors."

McNamara 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.

"While Steve and I were adversaries in our roles with our national teams we formed a great relationship," he said.

"He brings qualities that will give us a really strong and experienced coaching group as we look ahead to take the Vodafone Warriors to the level we collectively expect of this club.

"There's much work to do but with Steve, Cappy and Stacey we have a coaching team that can really lift standards and bring about the improvements we must make to be consistently competitive in the NRL."

The NRL club is in talks with McNamara who is leaving the Roosters with one year left on his contract. Source: 1 NEWS


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