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Australia's coaching and playing staff will face no serious ramifications despite the group?s disastrous end to the Tri-Nations series, ARL chief executive Geoff Carr said last night.
The Kangaroos produced one of their worst performances in recent decades to crash 24-0 at the hands of a passionate and well-coached New Zealand side in Sunday morning?s decider at Elland Road.
It was the nations? first series loss since a 2-0 defeat to France in 1978 and the first time in 52 years they have conceded a series to the Kiwis.
The result was also the first time since 1985 an Australian side has been held scoreless in a Test match.
But despite the enormity of the green-and-gold?s loss, Carr said there will be no major overhaul within the Kangaroos set-up.
Carr has already confirmed Broncos? Wayne Bennett will continue as head coach if he wants it and last night said the players should not expect to be axed after one bad performance.
?Good players don't become bad players overnight. They're all proven at this level and at Origin level,? he said in The Daily Telegraph today.
?We had the final where we expected a lot of players to stand up and get us out of a hole but that didn't happen.
Carr admitted a post-tour review would be conducted, as normal, but dismissed there would be an analysis of the selection process and policies.
The on-tour selection method however is one aspect that may be looked at and changed.
Currently, four selectors pick the preliminary squad for tours but Bennett is the only selector on tour, a practice that has drawn plenty of criticism from league personnel in Sydney because of the team?s the Queenslander picks.
The question of having another selector on tour was put to Carr yesterday.
?I can't see it going that way. On this tour there is not only Wayne Bennett but (NSW?s) Craig Bellamy, his assistant, who are two experienced NRL coaches,? he said.
?You have a strength and conditioning coach who knows how to ensure players peak for a game and you have a person providing video analysis of each match.
?So the level of expertise is there for the selection process.?
Carr yesterday refused to accept the Kiwis were now the world?s premier league nation after their history breaking win.
?They've got the right to be called Tri-Nations champions and May 5 (next year) could tell the story, if they can beat Australia again (in the Anzac Test),? the ARL boss said.
?It was two games all in 2005, so 2006 might decide it.?
The first group of Kangaroos players arrived back home last night with the remainder expected to be touching down from England tonight.
Bennett and his Broncos Test skipper Darren Lockyer seemed to have not landed home last night.
They are expected to emerge from the plane this evening to a barrage of media questions over the side?s lack-luster performance in last weekend?s