Warriors sack head coach Kearney

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The New Zealand Warriors have sacked head coach Stephen Kearney after their loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Warriors fell to their fourth loss in six NRL games this season, beaten 40-12 by the Rabbitohs on Friday.

Former New Zealand coach Kearney was sacked on Saturday, having taken over in 2017.

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"Stephen was informed this morning that we needed to make an immediate change," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said.

"It's a tough day for all of us particularly after last night's performance.

"Stephen is extremely professional and has put in a huge amount of effort in the role but, along with the owners, we feel we need to make a change now in the best interests of the club.

"We're so grateful to Stephen for the dedication he has shown to us in what have been difficult circumstances.

"His commitment, work ethic and concern for the wellbeing of the club, players and their families through this challenging year is testament to his character and we wish him and his family all the best for the future."

Assistant Todd Payten has been named interim head coach.

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