NZRL chairman apologises to Kiwi fans for player outbursts

Paola Ditto
Novembre 21, 2017

Captain Adam Blair, coach David Kidwell and star playmaker Shaun Johnson all faced criticism over comments they made after their side's loss to Fiji.

"Fam there's no one to blame for how things played out during this World Cup other than ourselves", Johnson posted.

Edwards declined to comment on the future of Kidwell, who has only two months left on his contract and said on November 19 that he was considering his future.But he said the Kiwis needed "the best possible coach", even if it meant scrapping a rule that only a New Zealander can hold the position."I think we'll have to review that ruling", Edwards said.

"Over the last couple days I've seen the reaction and what's been said, so I have to set the record straight".

He said the Kiwis needed to win over disillusioned supporters with good on-field performances as they look toward the next World Cup."It will be a tough four years but we will rebuild", he said.

"We own that and have to live with the disappointment and embarrassment of being part of the worst kiwis team in RLWC history for the rest of our lives".

"I don't think it was necessary or appropriate to make those comments", he told Radio Sport."Our league fans wear their heart on their sleeve and they have every right to be disappointed and upset about that result". I f**ked up. Anyone who knows me knows that's not and and never will be me.

I told him, "Let's wait, it's too early". I take full responsibility for my performances good or bad. "Really appreciate the love and I'm so sorry we couldn't deliver what you believed we could". Telling me I'm over paid over rated and that I'm the sole reason we lost, telling me to shoot myself. If that's who you want to be than keep doing you just know it doesn't hurt anywhere near as much as losing a WC quarter final.

"Hopefully that clears the air!"

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