David Kidwell (born 23 April 1977) is a professional rugby league coach who is the assistant coach at the Parramatta Eels in the NRL and a former player. As a player, he represented New Zealand as a member of the 2005 Tri-Nations and 2008 World Cup winning New Zealand teams. He primarily played as a second-row, though he started his career as a centre.
|Full name||David Leon Peter Jamie Kidwell|
|Born||23 April 1977|
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||108 kg (17 st 0 lb)|
Kidwell was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He then joined the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in 1996 and also made the 1996 Junior Kiwis that year. He made his First Grade début on 17 August 1997 in Round 17 for the Adelaide Rams against Canberra at Canberra Stadium. Kidwell was selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played from the interchange bench in the Kiwis' 22-20 loss.
In 2006 Kidwell signed a pre-contract agreement to represent the South Sydney Rabbitohs until 2009. He later played in Melbourne's 2006 NRL Grand Final loss to Brisbane. Kidwell has previously played for the Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters, Warrington Wolves, Parramatta Eels and the Adelaide Rams.
In the 2007 pre-season, it was announced that Kidwell would be co-captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, along with Peter Cusack for 2007. In April 2007, Kidwell was ruled out for the season after suffering a freak accident at home where he tripped over one of his children and injured his knee.
Kidwell retired from rugby league at the end of the 2009 season.
Kidwell made his New Zealand début in 1999.
After failing an alcohol test on 2 May 2008, the Rabbitohs stripped Kidwell of his captaincy and four others who failed were relegated to the bench for their Sunday match against the Cowboys.
Kidwell was appointed the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup (Under 20s competition) coach for 2010. They finished minor premiers that year and made the Grand Final, but were defeated 42-28 by the Under 20s New Zealand Warriors. He later worked as an assistant coach at the Melbourne Storm under Craig Bellamy. On 16 September 2013 it was announced that he would be joining the Wests Tigers in 2014 as an assistant coach.
Kidwell joined the New Zealand national rugby league team as an assistant coach in 2014. After Stephen Kearney left the role of being the head coach of the New Zealand national team in 2016, Kidwell was later appointed as the new Kiwis head coach, Kidwell oversaw a brief but embarrassing era for New Zealand Rugby League in which they lost two World Cup matches to tier-2 nations, and fluked a draw against another in the 2016 Four Nations tournament. A series of critical failures in team culture and management led to disappointing results and a mass exodus of players. One notable lowlight was Kidwell somehow forgetting to play Jason Taumololo for most of a loss against Australia. Taumololo then defected to Tonga, who defeated New Zealand in a World Cup pool match. Kidwell was replaced by a competent coach after failing to make the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup.
Kiwis coaching recordEdit
|Opponent||Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Win Ratio (%)|
|World Cup record|
|Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea 2017||Quarter-Final||5/14||4||2||2||0|
|Four Nations record|
|England 2016||Second Place||2/4||4||1||2||1|
|2017 Anzac Test||Second Place||2/2||1||0||1||0|
|Other Test matches|
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