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Former Kiwi Stuart Named Head Coach Of Bartercard Premiership Selection

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Former Kiwi Stuart Named Head Coach Of Bartercard Premiership Selection

Auckland, New Zealand, September 23, 2009 - Successful Canterbury coach Brent Stuart was today named head coach of the Bartercard Premiership Selection to face the Samoan Residents at Mount Smart Stadium on October 10.

Stuart, who played 14 Tests for the Kiwis from 1992-95, earned the appointment after the Canterbury Bulls clinched top ranking for the Bartercard Premiership play-offs starting this weekend.

The southerners, who also hold the Rugby League Cup, put together a perfect record in the round-robin phase of the provincial competition with wins over Auckland (32-30), Wellington (32-0), Taranaki (48-10), Bay of Plenty (66-16) and Waikato (32-4). They are favoured to beat fourth-ranked Wellington in the Bartercard Premiership semi-finals on Sunday to make the October 4 grand final.

Stuart, previously the Bulls' assistant coach in the old Bartercard Cup from 2002-06, has been head coach of Canterbury's representative side since 2007.

The New Zealand Rugby League's high performance manager Tony Kemp said Stuart's commitment to coaching and the results he had achieved made him an obvious choice for his first national representative coaching honour.

"Brent's one of our most promising young coaches and has been consistent in his involvement at representative level for several years now," he said.

"It's our intention to have a national representative match of this type annually to give our provincial coaches, other football staff and locally-based players an opportunity to represent at a higher level.

"With Brent and the other football staff named today, we are showing there is a pathway for them in this country that will help develop them in their areas of expertise."

All coaches and staff involved in the six Bartercard Premiership teams were considered when making the football appointments for the selection side.

As well as Stuart, Wellington coach David Lomax, also a former Kiwi, has been named the Bartercard Premiership Selection's assistant coach. He coached the Junior Kiwis to victory over the Junior Kangaroos in Wellington in 2007.

Canterbury's Duane Fyfe is the team's manager, Jason McCarthy (Auckland) the trainer and Doug King (Wellington) will hold the position of trainer-medic.

After the grand final, the NZRL will announce the Bartercard Premiership Selection line-up, chosen from all players involved in the competition.

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