Former Maroon’s boss Mal Meninga was appointed to be the Kangaroos coach, after making a four-year contract with the Australian Rugby League Commission.
In a press conference today, NRL head of football Todd Greenberg confirms that Meninga will be with the Kangaroos till 2019 and will also be living in Sydney throughout that period.
“Mal’s work with us starts today – so it is a very important day for the Kangaroos,” Mr Greenberg said in the press conference. “Our aim is to win the Rugby League World Cup in 2017, and the job officially begins now.”
Meninga’s success will be hard to beat after he led the Queensland Maroons to victory for nine of the last 10 State of Origin series. It has been reported that he agreed to coach the Maroons for the next three seasons. However, his current deal with them expired on Monday. The veteran coach decided to coach the national side with the base salary of $300,000 dollars a year.
Meninga said that coaching the national team is something he was keen for.
“For me, it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It is truly an honour to be in this position, as the new coach of the Kangaroos,” he said.
Meninga has won 20 out of 30 State of Origin matches as the Maroon’s coach, making him the most successful coach in NRL’s history. – Sam Pasfield
Top photo of Mal Meninga from The Official Queensland Maroons Facebook Page.