13 Sep 2016

NZRL already has shortlist for Kiwis job

9:38 am on 13 September 2016

New Zealand Rugby League says its already in discussion with several possible candidate for the Kiwis coaching job after Stephen Kearney's resignation.

Kearney is stepping down from the role after eight years in charge to take up the role of Warriors coach.

The NZRL chief executive Alex Hayton says Kearney has always been open about wanting to coach another NRL club taking up a role at the club where the used to play means a lot to him.

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Stephen Kearney is stepping down as Kiwis coach. Photo: Photosport

"Stephen wants to concentrate on his new full-time responsibilities and feels he cannot commit 100% to the Kiwis at this time, ending his eight-year reign as national team coach.

"He leaves a legacy that will be hard to match, both as one of our greatest players and coaches..

"In his first year, he lead the Kiwis to a World Cup victory in 2008, which helped reinvigorate the game in New Zealand. He has worked tirelessly in building a strong team performance culture.

"Winning the 2014 Four Nations was part of dream run, with success at the 2015 Anzac Test, New Zealand's first mid-year win since 1998, the first time they had beaten Australia in three straight games since 1953 and, subsequently, for the first time ever the world number one ranking.

Hayton is said NZRL is in discussion with several candidates to quickly to fill the Kiwis vacancy, with the team scheduled to paly Australia on October 15 in Perth, before defending their Four Nations title in England.

Stephen Kearney Kiwis Coaching Record

42 tests for 23 wins and one draw

Most wins of any Kiwis coach

Most wins by Kiwi coach against Australia - 5.

Kiwis achieved world No.1 ranking for first time

Rugby League World Cup winner 2008

Rugby League World Cup runner-up 2013

Four Nations tournament winners 2010 & 2014

Awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit 2009