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Big name help for All Golds, Maori

Published: 10:20AM Thursday September 25, 2008 Source: ONE Sport

Some of the biggest names in both New Zealand and Australian rugby league will prepare the All Golds and NZ Maori for their clash at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on October 12.

Kiwi legend and current national coach Stephen Kearney has been named as the head coach as he looks to use the match to help in the Kiwis' build-up to the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

The Kiwis will take on Tonga in a one-off test at Mt Smart Stadium on October 18 before leaving for Australia to prepare for their opening World Cup clash against the Kangaroos at the Sydney Football Stadium on October 26.

Kearney, who played 45 tests from 1993-2004, will have 1994-2000 Kiwi coach Frank Endacott as his technical adviser with the All Golds while Peter Leitch will be team manager.

The head trainer is Dayne Norton, who has worked extensively with both the Kiwis and the Warriors while the assistant trainer is another Kiwi legend Quentin Pongia. His playing career included 35 tests from 1992-2000, more than 130 NRL appearances for Canberra, the Warriors, the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra plus stints with Villeneuve in France and Wigan in the English Super League.

Coaching the New Zealand Maori is Luke Goodwin. Son of St George legend Ted Goodwin, he played for the Maori at the 2000 World Cup and carved out an NRL career with four clubs from 1992-1997 before playing in the English Super League.

Richie Blackmore, a 25-test Kiwi from 1991-1998, is Goodwin's assistant. He had a long professional career with the Castleford Tigers and the Leeds Rhinos in England as well as having two stints with the Warriors. He has been coaching Otahuhu in Auckland's Fox Memorial competition this season.

Also on board with the Maori as a coaching adviser is Chris Anderson, who had an outstanding record coaching the Kangaroos as well as guiding Melbourne to its NRL grand final victory in 1999.

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