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‘Final skilled’: Maguire quits Kiwis, leaving approach clear for Origin job


Michael Maguire is poised to be confirmed as head coach of the NSW State of Origin facet after stepping down as coach of New Zealand’s nationwide workforce.

South Sydney’s 2014 premiership-winning coach has been linked with the job vacated by Brad Fittler since October, when the New South Wales Rugby League tabled him a one-year deal.

However questions remained as to Maguire’s capability to juggle the brand new place together with his head-coaching portfolio on the Kiwis, whom he joined in 2018.

New Zealand coach Michael Maguire. (Photograph by Jan Kruger/Getty Photos for RLWC)

Maguire oversaw a resurgence of New Zealand’s nationwide program and stated final month that guiding the Kiwis to a World Cup victory in 2025 was his high precedence.

The 49-year-old had deferred any selections in regards to the mooted Blues place till after the Pacific Championships that New Zealand gained in early November.

On Friday, the Kiwis confirmed Maguire had chosen to step down, solely seven months after signing a contract extension to stay in cost by means of 2025.

“The mana, historical past and whakapapa related to the black and white jersey imply any position in and across the Kiwi workforce is the last word privilege,” stated NZRL chief government Greg Peters.

“Michael’s dedication to the position and gamers has seen him obtain unimaginable issues during the last six years.

“Michael is the last word skilled and has related deeply with the NZRL whānau and taking part in group. We want him nothing however success in his subsequent profession step.”

Maguire gained 12 of 18 Check matches as coach of the Kiwis, who appointed him following their worst-ever World Cup consequence – a quarter-final loss to Fiji in 2017.

His final match, a record-breaking 30-0 defeat of Australia within the Pacific Championships last, is more likely to be remembered as his crowning achievement.

Maguire can be an assistant coach to Ricky Stuart at NRL facet Canberra however the Raiders have already indicated he may juggle that place with the Blues job if he selected to take it.

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