New Zealand building something special, says Michael Maguire

Drew Darbyshire

New Zealand coach Michael Maguire believes his team are growing into a force to be reckoned with.

The Kiwis thrashed England 34-0 in the final game of the autumn Test series at Elland Road on Sunday.

New Zealand might have lost the series 2-1, but Maguire thinks New Zealand can achieve great things on the international stage.

“The boys have worked really hard over the last six weeks and they have worked hard to create a result like that,” Maguire said.

“It is the first time we have been together (since I came in as coach) but I think this group is really growing and I have been seeing them go into a better place each week.

“We did the things that we said we were going to do which were hanging on with the ball and getting the ball down the other end of the field, like we did in our game against Australia.

“In the first couple of games, I think we let ourselves down in a couple of areas but I am just really pleased that the boys came together and put a lot of pressure on England.

“I’m a big believer in this group and we have got something special. For everyone back home in New Zealand, getting behind this team is key. There are some really passionate young men playing for New Zealand and to grow that moving forward is something special.”

New Zealand will face Great Britain again in 2019, when the Lions will tour the southern hemisphere.