Fiji defeat New Zealand 4-2 in thrilling quarter-final

Fiji defeat New Zealand 4-2 in thrilling quarter-final

The Rugby League World Cup quarter-final between New Zealand and Fiji in Wellington last night resulted in some injuries - however they weren't limited to those playing on the field.

Kidwell's own future is up in the air after the Kiwis' campaign finished early in Wellington on Saturday when they were beaten 4-2 in the quarter-finals by Fiji. New Zealand 2 (Shaun Johnson 1 goal).

An independent panel review of all the management roles will begin next week, with the aim of delivering a final report in January.

"You could say the brand has been damaged, but if they come back and they're winning next year, then it re-establishes".

Blair and Kidwell have come under fire.

Vunivalu, has been one of the best wingers in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup so far and is the tournament's top try-scorer at the moment with eight in just three games.

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"We'll be sending a questionnaire out to staff and a selection of players from the team and conduct one-on-one interviews", Hayton said.

Kidwell also bemoaned a perceived lack of support from New Zealanders during the World Cup campaign.

That certainly complicates the situation and increases the chances of Kidwell being retained or the appointment of someone with similarly modest coaching credentials.

"The most disappointing thing for me is that everyone who doubted us - the fans, media - yous got your way", Johnson told

He says this is one of the many reasons we don't want people trying to get onto the pitch- because it's unsafe.

"I know I've created something here". It's whether I want to continue or the people will let me continue to see the fruits of the start of this. "That's always been my vision".

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