Playmaker Motu Tony has been unveiled as New Zealand Rugby League’s new high performance general manager.
The 37-year-old recently stepped down as an NZRL board director to free himself up for a more playing-related role.
His appointment continues a rapid rise for the one-time back since his retirement from playing six years ago.
After ending nine seasons in the English Super League, Tony’s first senior management post came nearly straight away at Hull FC in 2012.
NZRL Chief executive Greg Peters says the 13-Test Kiwi is a key appointment as they try to build following a damning review into the national team’s failed 2017 World Cup campaign.
A utility back and sometimes-hooker, Tony also previously played three NRL seasons with the Warriors followed by one for Brisbane in 2004.