Laurie Daley the favourite for Kiwis head coaching role, according to reports

Daley represented Australia and NSW in a storied rugby league career as a player.
Daley represented Australia and NSW in a storied rugby league career as a player. Photo credit: AAP

Australian rugby league great Laurie Daley has reportedly been thrown into the mix for the vacant role of New Zealand head coach.

The Canberra Raiders legend was ousted from his position as coach of the New South Wales State of Origin side after its series loss last year.

According to the Channel Nine website, the 48-year-old is now the favourite to take the reins at the Kiwis after their capitulation at the World Cup in October.

NZ Rugby League instituted a rule that the successor to the dispatched David Kidwell needed to be a New Zealand resident, a mandate that has supposedly since been lifted.

Daley has recently been appointed as a part-time halves coach for the NRL's Newcastle Knights after earlier suggesting he'd be looking to take a hiatus from coaching altogether.

The former Kangaroos representative lead the NSW Blues through four Origin series, finishing with an overall record of six wins and nine losses through 15 games.

The Kiwis have a total of six Tests scheduled this year, including an exhibition game against England in the United States.

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