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Next Game: The Season has finished
Kidwell to give Foran space to rebound
15 Mar 2017
Kiwis boss David Kidwell is keen to see a player of Kieran Foran's calibre back in the Test side but says the playmaker must first make a successful NRL return.

Kiwis boss David Kidwell will adopt a wait-and-see approach before ushering playmaker Kieran Foran back into the Test fold.

The troubled 26-year-old has received full clearance to return to the NRL with his new Warriors side in Friday's round-three match against Canterbury, but has not been named in the extended 21-man squad due to a persistent shoulder issue.

He is expected to play his first NRL game in more than nine months against either the Dragons in round four or the Titans in round five.

The 20-cap Kiwi, who was born in Auckland and moved to Sydney aged 10, played a major role in the Test side's successful 2014 Four Nations tilt.

Kidwell was keen to have Foran's calming on-field presence at his disposal after the side struggled for consistency in last year's failed Four Nations defence.

But he would first have to get through his debut, build up to full match-fitness and start showing the form necessary for Test selection.

"When Kieran Foran plays an NRL game, I'll be watching him like any other Kiwi," Kidwell said.

"I've seen Kieran in the past when he wears the Kiwi jumper and he controls the game very well."

Having struggled to inject leadership or drive into his troops in the Four Nations, where they lost 34-8 in the final to Australia, Kidwell was adamant a change of attitude was needed for the upcoming World Cup on home turf.

He would only pick players who conformed to the Kiwi team culture and were keen to be there - meaning no more flirtations with Kalyn Ponga.

The 18-year-old Cowboys livewire is eligible for both the Kiwis and Kangaroos but has wavered on his international future and is yet to make a final decision.

Kidwell made it clear the utility wouldn't be on the Test radar until he played more NRL games and voiced a clear desire to represent New Zealand.

"One thing I learned about last year was that I want players who want to play in the Kiwi jersey, and that's how I'll be picking the team," Kidwell said.

"I haven't had any communication with Kalyn.

"We just need to make sure we want committed people."

Kidwell also said he was open to seeing Jordan Kahu, who played fullback for the Kiwis in 2016, revert to a role on the wing following Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's return.


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Last Game: The Kiwis lost against the Australia Roo's 10 - 28 at WestpacTrust Stadium, New Zealand (5733 days ago)  game results here
 New Zealand Kiwis Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played
 Away Games
    Away Wins 0 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries:
 Total Goals:
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For:
 Total Points Against:
 Leagues the New Zealand Kiwis are in
1998 International Test Series - Australia, 1998 International Test Series - Great Britain, 1999 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 1999 International Tri-Series, 1999 International Test - Tonga, 1999 International Tri-Series, 2000 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 2000 World Cup - Group 2, 2000 World Cup - Quarter Finals, 2000 World Cup - Semi Finals, 2000 World Cup - Final, 2001 France tour of New Zealand, 2001 International Test Series - Australia, 2002 KENO Test - Australia vs New Zealand,

 Players in 2001
Ali Lauitiiti, C Smith, Clinton Toopi, David Solomona, David Vaealiki, Francis Meli, Henry Faafili, Henry Paul, Henry Perenara, Jerry Seuseu, Logan Swann, Matt Rua, Monty Betham, Motu Tony, Nathan Cayless, Nigel Vagana, Richard Swain, Robert Paul, Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones, Stephen Kearney, Tesesa Lavea, Willie Talau,

 Players in 2000
Brian Jellick, Craig Smith, Craig Smith, David Kidwell, Jason Lowrie, Joe Vagana, Lesley Vainikolo, Quentin Pongia, Richard Barnett, Richie Blackmore, Tasesa Lavea, Tonie Carroll, Tony Puletua, Tyran Smith,

 Players in 1999
Gene Ngamu, Jarrard McCracken, Jason Lowrie, Sean Hoppe, Terry Hermannson,

 Players in 1998
Daryl Halligan, Joe Galuvao, John Lomax, Kevin Iro, Matthew Ridge, Syd Eru, Tony Iro,
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Last Results

Friday, 13 Jul, 2001
Australia 28
New Zealand 10


Sunday, 10 Jun, 2001
New Zealand 36
France 0


Sunday, 26 Nov, 2000
World Cup Final
Australia 40
New Zealand 12


Sunday, 19 Nov, 2000
World Cup Semi
New Zealand 49
England 6


Monday, 13 Nov, 2000
World Cup Qtr
New Zealand 54
France 6


Monday, 6 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 58
Wales 18


Friday, 3 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 84
Cook Islands 10


Monday, 30 Oct, 2000
New Zealand 64
Lebanon 0


Friday, 21 Apr, 2000
Australia 52
New Zealand 0


Friday, 5 Nov, 1999
Australia 22
New Zealand 20


2000 WORLD CUP - QUARTER FINALS LADDER
Round 1
November 12nd - 13rd
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Australia   2 
 2   New Zealand   2 
 3   Wales   2 
 4   England   2 
 5   Ireland   0 
 6   PNG   0 
 7   France   0 
 8   Samoa   0 
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