The Kiwis have welcomed the highly regarded Ben Gardiner as assistant coach for the Rugby League World Cup, following the late withdrawal of Garth Brennan, who has been named the new coach of the Gold Coast Titans.
Gardiner, who spent 2017 as an assistant coach for the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL side, has had recent success as the assistant coach of the New South Wales under 20s.
“Ben and I have a long relationship, he’s a good man and will bring a real focus on our defence. He’s done an excellent job everywhere he’s been and I’m looking forward to his contribution to the Kiwis,” Kiwis coach David Kidwell said.
Kidwell and Gardiner’s coaching relationship dates back to 2010 when the duo guided South Sydney Under 20s to the Grand final.
Gardiner has already become entrenched in the Kiwis camp, having spent his first night with the team at Turangawaewae Marae.