David Kidwell

A wish for Taumalolo respect


Kiwis coach David Kidwell has accused Jason Taumalolo of a lack of respect after his controversial decision to switch allegiance to Tonga.

Taumalolo - rated the best forward in world rugby league - opted to play for Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup after 10 caps for the Kiwis.

Kidwell told the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper that Taumalolo's actions still rankled and he said there were no guarantees the North Queensland Cowboys star would play for the Kiwis again.

Kiwis blindsided by Taumalolo omission

In a stunning decision Taumalolo, who was the joint-winner of the Dally M Award last year, this week pledged his allegiance to Tonga for the end-of-year campaign, with the Kiwis unaware of his intentions right up unti

Former England coach to help Kiwis

McNamara is currently one of the Warriors assistant coaches.

Wests Tigers confirm 2017 coaching structure

With David Kidwell taking the head coaching job for the New Zealand national team, Taylor will be joined by Andrew Webster, Paul Stringer and Craig Sandercock next season.

Webster re-joins the club after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.

Stringer steps up from the NSW Cup team while Sandercock continues his role from last season.

Kidwell backs Johnson to lead Kiwis

Johnson, 26, is the team's undisputed playmaker but produced a disjointed display in their 26-6 loss to the Kangaroos in Perth.

Kiwis heed harsh Test lessons

The Kiwis leave for their Four Nations campaign on Wednesday and Kidwell admitted they will have to take the lessons from their 26-6 defeat with them as they seek to defend their crown.

Kiwis side named for Kangaroos Test

The starting line-up includes two players making their debuts for New Zealand, Solomone Kata and Jordan Rapana.

Seventeen-test veteran Jared Waerea-Hargreaves makes his return to the international arena, last wearing the black-and-white jersey at the 2013 World Cup.

Re-joining him in the front row is the most-capped player in the side, Issac Luke, playing his 37th test match.

Jesse Bromwich captains the team, supported by two other Melbourne Storm players who featured in the NRL Grand Final, Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris.