McNamara appointed Kiwis assistant

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Former England coach Steve McNamara has been appointed New Zealand assistant ahead of the Rugby League World Cup.

McNamara, in charge of England from 2010 until early last year, will work under Kiwis coach David Kidwell for a Test against Australia and the World Cup.

The 45-year-old, who is also a New Zealand Warriors assistant, said he was excited by the chance.

"I was fortunate to have some incredible staff working alongside me in a program that was really striving for excellence for the England players," McNamara said.

"That was how our connection started and win, lose or draw we certainly appreciated how much work the other had put into each game.

"Coming from the northern hemisphere it is a bit different to be involved with New Zealand but I am really excited and really honoured to be part of their program working towards the World Cup this year."

Shane Richardson, general manager of football at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, was named New Zealand's campaign manager.