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Next Game: The Season has finished
Stephen Kearney
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Green turns down Kiwis assistant role
26 May 2017
Kiwis coach David Kidwell's attempts to bring Cowboys boss Paul Green on board for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup have failed.

Cowboys boss Paul Green has knocked back David Kidwell's offer to become Kiwis assistant coach for this year's Rugby League World Cup.

Kidwell and the New Zealand Rugby League are currently seeking a second experienced assistant after recruiting ex-England boss Steve McNamara in March.

They also made an attempt to bring Green on board at that time, hoping he could provide the inside scoop on Cowboys and Kangaroos playmaker Johnathan Thurston.

But the 2015 Premiership winner has rebuffed New Zealand's approach.

The move would've mirrored that of 2008, when the Kiwis brought in Wayne Bennett to guide then-rookie coach Stephen Kearney to a shock title.

Kidwell told reporters he'll continue to look for a second assistant, and that he's sounded out several still-unnamed options since March.

"Paul Green has made himself unavailable," Kidwell said.

"He was one of the candidates that I reached out to, and there's a couple more I'm in the process of (talking to)."

The Kiwis' limp Anzac Test loss and the subsequent furore around Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor's alleged post-Test cocaine use have thrown the side's World Cup credentials into doubt, despite a strong playing group and home advantage.

Kidwell acknowledged the issue, saying the only way his Test side could dispel doubts was to perform on the field and behave off it.

Their campaign begins on October 28 against Pacific foes Samoa in Auckland, before additional pool matches against Scotland and Tonga.

They'll be the side's first Tests on home soil since 2014, and Kidwell will name the captain to lead the Kiwis for their Cup campaign on Sunday morning.

"There's a long way to go to make sure we win that (Samoa) game and to do the right things off the field with the community, win back some of that Kiwi public," Kidwell said.

"They're rugby league fans, they love rugby league, they want to see the best players out there playing with passion and heart."

Ex-captain Bromwich and Proctor have both been dumped from the World Cup squad for their alleged cocaine use in Canberra, but Kidwell has kept the door slightly ajar for the pair to reintegrate into the Kiwis squad in 2018.

He intended to keep in close contact with both this year.

"These guys are really good men, they've made an out-of-character mistake, we've come to that decision and we'll move forward and concentrate on the World Cup, and deal with that after," Kidwell said.


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Last Game: The Cowboys lost against the Brisbane Broncos 12 - 38 at ANZ Stadium, Australia (5133 days ago)  game results here
 North Queensland Cowboys Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 15 
    Away Wins 6 
 Home Games 11 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 44 
 Total Goals: 35 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 514 
 Total Points Against: 771 
 Leagues the North Queensland Cowboys are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 Trials, 1998 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Daniel Strickland, David Thompson, George Gatis, Glenn Morrison, Jamie McDonald, John Buttigieg, John Doyle, Josh Hannay, Ken McGuinness, Leigh McWilliams, Matt Peterson, Matt Sing, Matthew Bowen, Michael Luck, Nathan Fien, Paul Bowman, Peter Jones, Shane Muspratt, Shaun Valentine, Tarin Bradford, Tim Brasher,

 Players in 2001
Adam Connelly, Adam Nable, Brett Hetherington, Brian Jellick, Chris Muckert, Chris Sheppard, Damien Smith, Danny Moore, Geoff Bell, John Manning, Julian O'Neill, Kyle Warren, Lee Oudenryn, Mark Shipway, Naipolioni Kuricibi, Nick Paterson, Paul Dezolt, Paul Pensini, Robert Relf, Scott Whiting, Shayne McMenemy, Tim Maddison, Trent Leis,

 Players in 2000
Brett Boyd, Chad Halliday, Graham Appo, Greg Bourke, Jeremy Schloss, Noel Goldthorpe, Paul Green, Scott Prince,

 Players in 1999
Darrien Doherty, Glen Murphy, Jody Gall, Kris Tassell, Matt Ryan, Noa Nadruku,
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Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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