Posts Tagged "Stephen Kearney"

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney insists superstar Sonny Bill Williams was never being considered for the rugby league Test against Australia.

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Defending champions New Zealand might have sailed through to the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals little troubled by lesser opposition, but coach Stephen Kearney insists they are not undercooked.

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New Zealand provided one of the greatest upsets in recent sporting history when they defeated Australia in the 2008 World Cup final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

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The Rugby League World Cup is just over two weeks away but already the world champion New Zealanders have dealt the top ranked Kangaroos a devastating psychological blow.

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In a disastrous season, at last some good news for Parramatta with Ricky Stuart announcing league’s worst kept secret that he was leaving and going to coach the Raiders.

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New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney is taking a hands-off approach as Kiwis playmaker Benji Marshall reportedly considers his future in rugby league.

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New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney says three contentious video referee decisions cost his side a crucial 12-point half-time lead in the Anzac Test at Canberra Stadium.

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Finding the best position for Sonny Bill Williams is one of the more pleasant conundrums for Kiwis rugby league coach Steven Kearney to consider before he names his squad for the Anzac Test in Canberra next Friday.

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Wow, what a hectic week for rugby league, with two of the game’s superstars in the news for extraordinary reasons.

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What a year it’s been for NRL coaches. Steve Kearney sacked; Brian McLennan all but gone from the Warriors; Dave Furner has been under pressure for the past three years or so; and Brian Smith is out of favour with some of his senior players.

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The Parramatta Eels are struggling on and off the field. They recently pushed head coach Stephen Kearney out the back door, apparently making room for New South Wales mentor Ricky Stuart to take over.

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The recent sacking of Steve Kearney by the Parramatta Eels and the ensuing media interest had me cast my mind back to a similar incident that occurred during my own playing career. The incident stirred up emotions that had long been buried.

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At a press conference on Tuesday to promote the October 14 Test Match between Australia and New Zealand, Kiwi head coach Stephen Kearney was asked if Sonny Bill Williams should be allowed to play in the NRL competition next year, considering he may not be available for the World Cup in 2013.

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What’s the standard head count nowadays inside an NRL coaching staff? The last time I checked, it seemed there were more coaches than players.

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Last week, I wrote an article about how the NRL had sustained the fantastic momentum built up by the State of Origin series, even though there is traditionally a bit of a lull after the hyped interstate battle.

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A spirited Parramatta have handed outgoing coach Stephen Kearney the best farewell present he could have hoped for with an upset 16-10 NRL win over Melbourne at Parramatta Stadium.

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Stephen Kearney looked like a relieved man after he announced on Friday he will step down as head coach of the Parramatta Eels.

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In October 2009, the Parramatta Eels were at ANZ Stadium battling it out with the Melbourne Storm for the Telstra Premiership. The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks were long gone and already planning their 2010 season.

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As much as it was a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’, Stephen Kearney has received the axe at Parramatta. The announcement really puts into focus just how difficult it is to be a head coach in the NRL.

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Parramatta great Steve Edge has called for the Eels to appoint Ricky Stuart as coach after Stephen Kearney was reportedly axed on Thursday.

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