Walters selected as new Maroons coach


Kevin Walters has been selected as the man to coach the Queensland Maroons following Mal Meninga's move to take charge of the Australian rugby league team.

Walters has been involved in the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) set-up for a number of years, and has coached the under-20 team in 2012 and 2014, helping to bring through talents such as Anthony Milford, Cameron Munster and Luke Bateman.

A former Maroon himself, Walters edged out North Queensland Cowboys premiership coach Paul Green for the job, and said the appointment was an honour.

"Coaching Queensland is something I've always wanted to do," Walters said.

"It's truly an honour to be in a position to coach such a fine group of players and to be entrusted with the responsibility of developing future Origin talent through our programs.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead, starting with the QAS Emerging Origin camps in the New Year."

The Queensland Rugby League announced the appointment on Monday, with QRL chairman Peter Betros saying that Walters impressed the board in a meeting held before Christmas.

"This is a fantastic appointment for Kevin, the current Maroons Origin team and the game of rugby league in Queensland," Betros said.

"Kevin's passion for Queensland, his intimate understanding of the current Origin set-up and his extensive coaching experience at many levels of the game are all key factors that place him in a great position to guide the XXXX Maroons over the next three years."