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Big names to head Kiwis review

Big names to head Kiwis review

A review of the Kiwis’ 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign has commenced this week with the appointment of an independent panel.

Review chair Tim Castle, an international sports barrister and adjudicator, and elite player manager, together with Raelene Castle (no relation), the former chief executive of Netball New Zealand and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, will consider the performance of the players and team management.

“We were all disappointed with the Kiwis’ performance and need to understand what went wrong,” said NZRL chairman Reon Edwards.

“A thorough independent review is essential if we’re to get it right for the next World Cup.”

He said consideration of the current coaching eligibility rule, whereby the national coach must be a New Zealander, would be one of the matters reviewed by the panel.

Panel chair Tim Castle said he and co-panellist Raelene Castle felt very privileged to undertake the independent review.

“We recognise the sport at all levels is integral to many communities around the country, and we’re approaching the task with a positive and constructive frame of mind,” Castle said.

“Raelene and I will be rigorous and independent with our review, our findings and our recommendations.”

Reon Edwards confirmed the independent panel’s findings would be released in February / March along with the four-year Strategic Plan that the NZRL has been working on for the past 8 months.


To review the Kiwis campaign at RLWC 2017 with the primary objective to capture material learnings, both positive and negative, from the campaign and provide recommendations to the Board that will inform:

  • planning and preparation for future campaigns, and
  • the development of  NZRL’s High Performance strategy 2018-2021.


The NZRL’s Kiwis campaign preparation and performance for RLWC 2017 including, but not limited to, the following:

  • preparations and planning for RLWC 2017;
  • resources committed to the campaign both human & financial;
  • leadership and capability;
  • coach selection policy;
  • player selection policies;
  • management of player culture and welfare;
  • tournament logistics;
  • game plans, implementation and evaluation;
  • RLIF and RLWC 2017 local organising committee rules and regulations.