Rugby League: Mann named to head foundation

Former Kiwis hooker Duane Mann has been named high performance director of the New Zealand Rugby League Foundation (NZRLF).

Mann will begin next week in the role left vacant by the sacking of former Kiwis fullback Gary Kemble late last year.

The NZRLF is a joint venture charged with managing all coaching and junior development for the New Zealand Rugby League and the New Zealand Warriors.

Other NZRLF appointments include high performance analyst Rohan Smith -- son of Parramatta Eels coach Brian Smith -- and national programmes co-ordinator Nadene Conlon.

Rohan Smith has a sports science degree from the University of Wollongong and has spent the previous two seasons providing IT/Video Analysis support in the NRL.

Conlon comes from the Auckland Rugby League where she has worked as a coaching and development officer since season 2001.

- NZPA

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