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Unchanged Kiwis line up to take on England

Fri, 28 Oct 2016

NZ Kiwis coach David Kidwell has named the same 17 that took the field against Australia in Perth for the opening clash of the Four Nations against England at John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

Kidwell and his coaching staff have put the full squad through their paces since arriving in England last Thursday.

“I’m really happy with how the boys have trained. We understand the challenge that’s ahead of us and we need to be at our best,” he says.

“In Perth, a lot of our guys hadn’t played for a long period of time. The result wasn’t what we wanted, but all the players were better off for the run and we will look to build from that.”

Greg Eastwood (Kiwi #737) is the only change to the 19-man squad named to face the home nation, replacing young Canberra Raiders back rower Joseph Tapine. 

“It’s no secret this game is going to be won up front,” says Kidwell. “Both teams have strong forward packs and we need our middle men to lead the way.”

The test will be played in front of a sold-out stadium at 2.30pm Saturday, October 29 (UK time)/2.30am Sunday, October 30 (NZ time).

The full NZ Kiwis team is:

  1. Jordan Kahu
  2. Jason Nightingale
  3. Solomone Kata
  4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall  
  5. Jordan Rapana
  6. Thomas Leuluai
  7. Shaun Johnson
  8. Jesse Bromwich (c)
  9. Issac Luke
  10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves  
  11. Kevin Proctor
  12. Tohu Harris
  13. Jason Taumalolo
  14. Lewis Brown
  15. Martin Taupau
  16. Manu Ma’u
  17. Adam Blair
  18. Gerard Beale
  19. Greg Eastwood

The Kiwis will take on th Wayne Bennett coached England Squad announced yesterday.

  • John Bateman 
  • George Burgess 
  • Sam Burgess (C)
  • Thomas Burgess
  • Daryl Clark 
  • Mike Cooper 
  • Liam Farrell 
  • Luke Gale
  • James Graham
  • Ryan Hall 
  • Chris Hill
  • Josh Hodgson 
  • Jonny Lomax 
  • Jermaine McGillvary
  • Dan Sarginson 
  • Kallum Watkins
  • Elliott Whitehead
  • Gareth Widdop 
  • George Williams

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