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Young Kiwis mirrors tigers and tigers as NZ coach Michael Maguire begins a double role



Michael Maguire will be busy training Tigers and Kiwis next year.

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Michael Maguire will be busy training Tigers and Kiwis next year.

Michael Maguire's decision to remain as the Kiwis coach can give Tiger Tigers a competitive advantage with the nation's vast production line, according to NRL Club Director Astin Pascoe.

Maguire arrived on his first day of work on tigers on Monday, fresh from a seven-week week with New Zealand both at home and in Britain.

The South South former coach was determined throughout his search for a new job that the glue with Kiwis would have to part of.

Maguire refused to rule out the possibility of luring Kiwi Tigers players in the next few years, with Benjie Marshall, Esan Marsters and Elijah Taylor already in the Rugby League club.

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And Pasco admitted that he could offer Tigers an advantage they could use.

"We talked about it through the process and certainly our position we had the feeling that it would receive not only personal development but professional development through NZ team training," Pasco said.

"And again hinted at the fact that he is going to be in this market and a strong market around the production of players.

"So I think there's a competitive advantage there too."

Maguire's decision to share both roles will make him one of the busiest NRL instructors next year.

The quests will play Tonga in the mid-year test during the representative round, and will face the kangaroo once at the end of the year, as well as in Britain up to twice.

But Maguire's well-known master did not shy away from his schedule.

"Now, beyond the international teams, Mal got the kangaroos and he's with the Titans, and Wayne is with England," Maguire said.

"We have one test match in the middle of the year, clearly check for matches at the end.

"To be able to meet many of these young children over the competition for the last seven weeks was brilliant.

"Working with children in this caliber and being able to bring this knowledge back here is something I want to be part of."


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