New Kiwis rugby league coach David Kidwell hasn't taken long to make his mark in the coaching stakes - but not necessarily for the right reasons.

Kidwell may have chalked up his first win of his career as the New Zealand coach after the Kiwis edged England 17-16 at the weekend in their Four Nations tournament opener.

But he also entered his name into a group of less fortunate coaches and players who have managed to mangle the English language.

Asked in a post-game sideline interview about the intensity of the cliffhanger match, Kidwell replied: "It was a war of nutrition".


We're pretty sure he meant attrition but it signalled Kidwell could be good fodder for the future.

Kidwell is hardly alone when it comes to getting his words - or thoughts - mixed up. But his weekend effort has vaulted him into some lofty company...

"O for awesome." - boxer David Tua on the Wheel of Fortune game show. Still No. 1 on the hit-list with no real challenger on the horizon.

"Fade into Bolivian, I guess." -- 'Iron' Mike Tyson when asked what the future holds for him.

"We didn't underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought." - former England manager Sir Bryan Robson on an opposition side who beat the Poms unexpectedly. Don't they all?

"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father." - golfing superstar Greg Norman.

"We must have had 99 percent of the match, it was the other three percent that cost us." Dutch footballer Ruud Gullit didn't' have a great record as a manager, We assume he wasn't good in maths class either.

"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - we're pretty sure NFL legend Joe Theisman meant Albert.

"Therapy can be a good thing; it can be therapeutic." - a pearl of wisdom from American baseball genius Alex Rodriguez, aka A-Rod.

"I don't want to shoot my mouth in my foot, but those are games we can win." -- former NBA journeyman Sherman Douglas. What would it look like if you shot your foot into your mouth?

"God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and made Adam and Eve. The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex." - baseballer Carl Everett is a good example of why sports stars should never be left alone to philsophise.

"I ain't gonna be no escape-goat." - two-time MVP and 14-time All-Star basketball player Karl Malone. Baaaaa!

"I'm the oldest I've ever been, right now." - ex-UFC champion Tim Sylvia.

"I can go right, I can go left, I'm amphibious." - ex-NBA player Charles Shackleford. We think he meant ambidextrous.