Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Kearney handed Brisbane role

Stephen Kearney is the new assistant at Brisbane Broncos

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney is back in club football after being appointed as assistant at Brisbane Broncos.

Sacked by NRL wooden-spoonists Parramatta in July, the former Kiwi Test forward will join the Broncos' backroom staff as a replacement for club legend Allan Langer, who has moved into the club's commercial department.

Kearney, who has signed a two-year deal, will join Kristian Woolf as an assistant coach to Anthony Griffin at the Broncos, who finished eighth this season before being eliminated by the Cowboys in the first week of the finals.

Kearney, who is currently in camp with the Kiwis side preparing for Saturday's Test against Australia in Townsville, played under Griffin at Melbourne in 2002 when Griffin was an assistant to then Storm head coach Mark Murray.

Griffin said: "Stephen has won Four Nations and World Cup titles as coach of the Kiwis and was involved with premiership victories at the Storm.

"The fact his experience has been gained outside the history and culture of this club means he brings a new point of view to our coaching department.

"Steve has a terrific work ethic and is passionate about coaching. It's still very early in his career and he has a hunger for success."