Kiwis want fast turnaround under Maguire
Kiwis great Dean Bell says Michael Maguire's history of rapid-fire success won him the nod as New Zealand rugby league coach.
Impressive resume: Michael Maguire.
The pain of last year's World Cup calamity hasn't gone away for Bell and others at the New Zealand Rugby League.
It was one reason for Maguire staving off the challenge of Laurie Daley, Des Hasler and Geoff Toovey when the Bell-led coach selection panel made their final cull.
They couldn't ignore a Super League title in Maguire's first year in charge in 2010, and the historic NRL premiership with South Sydney four years later.
"The difference was his ability to win championships in both hemispheres in a very quick time of being at the clubs," Bell said.
"That says that he can make an immediate impact where he goes."
It was only three years ago that the Kiwis racked up three straight wins over the Kangaroos to climb to first in the world rankings.
Maguire believed the playing depth and quality available make it realistic to rise again under his watch.
However, he was reluctant to discuss who might have the inside running for his first squad to face England in Denver next month.
He made positive noises when quizzed on potential recalls for veteran half Benji Marshall, Pacific island defectors such as Jason Taumalolo and David Fusitu'a as well as Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor, the pair who were caught using cocaine in 2017.
Maguire even suggested an approach to brilliant Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga, who has a Kiwi father, couldn't be ruled out.
Maguire was keener to discuss his vision to make New Zealand's success sustainable.
He envisages overseeing camps in his Sydney base for the best under-16 and under-18 Kiwi players who are chasing careers in Australia.
The 44-year-old will be disappointed if he can't see through his four-year contract.
"I'm in an industry that's all about results," he said.
"But I want to build something very special for the New Zealand people and just impart a lot of my knowledge in the space that I'm lucky enough to be in."
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