27 Mar 2014

Aussie McFadden joins Kiwis camp

2:15 pm on 27 March 2014

The Warriors assistant coach Andrew McFadden will take on the same role for the Kiwis for the upcoming Anzac Test against Australia in Sydney on May the 2nd.

McFadden says the Kiwis approached him about helping out the national side and he thought it was a great opportunity.

Aussie-born McFadden will assist head coach Stephen Kearney for the Anzac test in early May and replaces former Warriors coach Ivan Cleary.

Cleary, who assisted Kearney at the World Cup, made himself unavailable due to his commitments with the Penrith Panthers, while former Kiwis international David Kidwell, who missed out on the head coaching position last month, was another considered for an assistant's job.

However McFadden's experience as an offensive coach earned him the nod.

During an eight-year NRL career, McFadden, who's 36, chalked up 100 games as halfback for the Canberra Raiders, Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm, where he was Kearney's team-mate.

Since retiring in 2004, he has served as assistant coach with the Catalan Dragons in France and Canberra, before joining the Warriors staff last year.

McFadden says the role's another stepping-stone in his career. He's been signed up for two years as the Kiwis assistant.