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[RLWC2017] Kidwell makes tough calls

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Simon Mannering in action. Rugby League World Cup match between the NZ Kiwis and Toa Samoa, at Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday 28th October 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz
Simon Mannering in action. Rugby League World Cup match between the NZ Kiwis and Toa Samoa, at Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday 28th October 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz

Kiwi coach David Kidwell has brought back nearly 100 Tests of experience for Saturday's crucial Pool B Rugby League World Cup clash against Mate Ma'a Tonga at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.

After sitting out the Kiwis' 74-6 victory over Scotland, veterans Thomas Leuluai returns at hooker while Simon Mannering returns in the back row.

Jordan Rapana will start on the right wing while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak gets his first ever chance to play in front of his home crowd in Hamilton, partnering with club team-mate Dean Whare on the left wing and centre respectively.

Kodi Nikorima will join Shaun Johnson in the halves with Te Maire Martin named in 19.

Isaac Liu is the only change to the bench, which continues to look to Russell Packer, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Danny Levi to add a further spark during the match.

Apart from Whare coming into the centres for the injured Gerard Beale, the line-up is the same as the one used in the Kiwis' 38-8 win over Toa Samoa on October 28. 

 

RLWC2017 | NEW ZEALAND KIWIS v MATE MA'A TONGA

5.00pm, Saturday, November 11

FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

 

NEW ZEALAND KIWIS

(Kiwi numbers in brackets)            

1            ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (#779) 14 Tests

2            DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK (#794) 4 Tests

3            DEAN WHARE (#776) 17 Tests

4            BRAD TAKAIRANGI (#803) 2 Tests

5            JORDAN RAPANA (#798) 6 Tests

6            KODI NIKORIMA (#793) 6 Tests

7            SHAUN JOHNSON (#774) 23 Tests

8            MARTIN TAUPAU (#785) 18 Tests

9            THOMAS LEULUAI (#704) 39 Tests

10          JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES (#755) 21 Tests

11          SIMON MANNERING (#731) 43 Tests

12          JOSEPH TAPINE (#800) 4 Tests

13          ADAM BLAIR (#732) 43 Tests (c)

Interchange:

14          NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA (804) 2 Tests

15          RUSSELL PACKER (#768) 5 Tests

16          ISAAC LIU (#805) 1 Test

17          DANNY LEVI (#806) 2 Tests

18          KENNY BROMWICH (#796) 3 Tests

19          TE MAIRE MARTIN (#802) 2 Tests

20          ELIJAH TAYLOR (#770) 11 Tests

21          PETA HIKU (#781) 10 Tests

HEAD COACH | DAVID KIDWELL

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