Cleary leaves Kiwi post, Morrison could replace him

Penrith Panthers boss Ivan Cleary has left his post as assistant with the New Zealand national side, potentially paving the way for Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison to get some international experience.

Morrison applied for the head coaching role and got to the final four before Stephen Kearney was reappointed.

Cleary, 43, told Australian told Radio Sport’s D’Arcy Waldegrave that he can’t continue because of his NRL commitments.

In a statement, New Zealand Rugby League said they will appoint two assistants, and added: “From our point of view we want to make sure we get the right person for the right role, and that’s what we’re working through at the moment. We’re pretty close so we should have something for you over the next week or so.”

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