- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Australian Michael Maguire is the new coach of the New Zealand rugby league team, tasked with reviving its fortunes after a poor performance at the World Cup.

The 44-year-old Maguire was named as the Kiwis coach on Thursday, replacing David Kidwell, who left the role after a review into the team’s World Cup failure.

Maguire previously coached South Sydney in Australia’s National Rugby League and Wigan in the English premiership.

New Zealand had its worst-ever World Cup performance at last year’s tournament, which it co-hosted with Australia, losing to Tonga in group play and to Fiji in the quarterfinals.

Maguire will first coach the Kiwis in a test against England in the United States in June before meeting Australia in October.

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