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Wiki for Wayne - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 22 Jan 2008 05:48:00 GMT
Former Kiwis skipper Ruben Wiki has thrown his support behind Wayne Bennett being appointed as the new national coach.

Though his first choice is the man who led New Zealand to Tri-Nations success in 2005, the Auckland Warriors forward believes it would be a step forward for the Kiwis if Bennett was appointed to the post.

Wiki didn't have a problem with having an Australian in charge as there are many foreigners coaching plenty of countries involved with International Rugby League.

Should Bennett be officially appointed it means the three most powerful nations in this year's World Cup will all be coached by Australians.

Ricky Stuart is mentoring the Kangaroos, Tony Smith (brother of Brian) is devising ways for the Poms to win this tournament for the first time while John Monie is in charge of France.

According to NSW-based Australian selector, Bob Fulton, the concept of Bennett replacing Kemble is "probably a bit embarassing from a Kiwi coaching point of view, but it's all about getting the best man for the job."

Bennett will not make any decisions about the role before he meets with NZRL chairman Ray Haffenden.

The Kiwis have however scrapped their residency rule for coaching appointments, so if Bennett did turn them down, it wouldn't stop them from resurrecting the international career of 'Bluey' McLennan.

Kangaroos chairman of selectors, Bob McCarthy, did admit to the Sydney media yesterday that he's looking forward to seeing Bennett "perform the Haka."

If Wayne Bennett needs any tips, there is a brand new book out called 'Haka - A Living tradition" written by the insightful Wira Gardiner.

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