David Kidwell talks tackles with the Crusaders
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2012
JOSEPH JOHNSON/Fairfax NZ
NO KIDDING: Melbourne Storm assistant-coach David Kidwell discusses tackling with the Crusaders Super 15 rugby team yesterday.
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The Crusaders took a few tackling tips from a good Canterbury man yesterday – Melbourne Storm assistant-coach David Kidwell.
Kidwell, who played 25 tests for the Kiwis as a big hitting backrower, is back in his hometown for a rugby league coaching clinic and trial at Denton Oval on Sunday.
The Crusaders coaching staff invited the former Hornby Panther to run a defensive session at Rugby Park yesterday.
“He offered a bit of his expertise on tackling techniques,” Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said. “We’ve been looking at a couple of things and they are very technical in league [about tackling]. We just wanted David to talk to our players and give them some new techniques. The guys found it very beneficial.”
Blackadder said Kidwell’s session followed a similar visit made to the Storm last year by members of the Crusaders coaching staff.
“Gibbo [Crusaders backs coach Daryl Gibson] heard David was going to be in Christchurch so he talked to him and asked him to come down.”
Blackadder said the Crusaders “learn a lot from all the codes”. “We’re very similar in a lot of things.”
Kidwell, 34, represented the Canterbury Cardinals in the New Zealand national championship as a teenage centre before playing 236 first grade matches in Australia’s National Rugby League and the English Super League for the now-defunct Adelaide Rams, the Parramatta Eels, the Warrington Wolves, Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm and South Sydney.
He turned out 103 times for the Storm between 2003 and 2006 and was part of the losing grand final team in his final year. He was part of the Kiwis squad that won the 2005 Tri-Nations tournament and the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, beating Australia in both finals.
After retiring from the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2009, Kidwell turned to coaching and guided South Sydney’s under-20 team to the National Youth Competition grand final in 2010.
Kidwell returned to the Storm last year as assistant-coach to Craig Bellamy and is also the New Zealand Schoolboys coach.
The Storm are regular visitors to Christchurch and have signed several South Island juniors in the past. Former Kaiapoi Bulldogs back Matt Duffie is now an established wing in the Storm NRL squad and West Coaster Slade Griffin is making his mark at hooker in Melbourne’s under-20 Toyota Cup team.
Kidwell and his colleagues will hold a training session for players aged between 14 and 18 at Leslie Park on Saturday and a Sunday trial for training attendees only.
Further information about the Melbourne Storm trial is available on the Canterbury Rugby League website.
- Fairfax NZ News
In the modern game, coaches often don’t simply coach one area and nothing else. Not every coach is solely a specialist attacking, defensive coach etc. They may take on several aspects within attack, defence, tactics, kicking etc
I agree to a degree , but reckon Bellamy would be pretty anal and wouldn’t change things unless they needed changing