NRL: New Zealand Warriors announce coaching staff changes

Nathan Brown.
Nathan Brown. Photo credit: AAP

Former Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has joined the Warriors,  as the Auckland NRL club announced changes to their 2020 coaching staff.

On Thursday, chief executive Cameron George revealed long-time NRL head coach Brown would become a Warriors "specialist coach", working under Stephen Kearney.

The club announced a raft of support-staff changes, confirming football general manager Brian Smith had departed after two years in Auckland, while conditioning coach Alex Corvo and Canterbury Cup coach Nathan Cayless had also moved on.

"Nathan [Brown] has terrific credentials, with his background as a coach and former player," said George.

"He'll work with the squad over the summer and will be used from time to time during the course of the season."

Brown's four-year reign at Newcastle ended prematurely in August, when he resigned two weeks before the end of a disappointing campaign.

The 46-year-old's first NRL head-coach role was from 2003-8 with the club he served as a player, St George Illawarra.

He had Super League stints with Huddersfield and St Helens, before joining Newcastle in 2016.

Former Wallabies rugby union strength and conditioning coach Craig Twentyman will also crossing the Tasman, along with retired Knights hooker Slade Griffin.

Greg Boulous will take over U18 side, while former first-grade assistant Justin Morgan will oversee the Canterbury Cup side.

"Craig [Twentyman] is going to be a tremendous asset in our performance area and Slade [Griffin] is a perfect fit, working alongside Greg [Bolbous] in helping to create a cohesive pathway for young players which the club has long needed.

"Justin [Morgan] further bolsters our football department, with his extensive background as a top-level coach."

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