12 Dec 2009

Tony Kemp becomes NZRL's football manager

11:47 am on 12 December 2009

Former Kiwis and current high performance director Tony Kemp has been appointed the New Zealand Rugby League's new football manager.

The football manager's role was one of three new senior jobs identified by the NZRL chief executive Jim Doyle when he unveiled a revamped management structure in late October.

Taranaki-raised Kemp appeared in 25 Tests for the Kiwis from 1989-1995 and played for several clubs in Australia and England including Newcastle, Castleford and Leeds.

He later joined the Warriors' coaching staff as Daniel Anderson's assistant, going on to fill the head coach's position in 2004-2005.

Kemp says it's a wonderful opportunity and he's grateful to be given the chance with much work still to be done to rebuild the game in New Zealand.