Kiwis confirm Anzac Test line-up

The Kiwi squad and team management for the 2013 Anzac Test in Canberra: Back row: Dean Watkins (High Performance Support), Sam Perrett, Kevin Proctor, Ben Matulino, Jesse Bromwich, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam McKendry, Alex Glenn, Dayne Norton (Head Trainer). Middle row: Carmen Taplin (Football Manager), Caley Wilson (Media Manager), Laurie Hale (Logistics Manager), Kieran Foran, Josh Hoffman, Issac Luke, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jason Nightingale, Elijah Taylor, John Alder (High Performance Support), Hamish Craighead (Physiotherapist), Pippa Grange (High Performance Support). Front row: Craig Walker (Sports Science), Dean Whare, Shaun Johnson, Tony Iro (Assistant Coach), Simon Mannering (Captain), Stephen Kearney (Head Coach), Frank Pritchard, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Simon Mayhew (Doctor). Photo: Melba Studios.


Coach Stephen Kearney has today confirmed the Kiwis' final playing 17 for Fridays Anzac Test against the Kangaroos at Canberra Stadium (7.45pm kick-off local time; 9.45pm NZT; live SKY Sport 2).


First-time Kiwi captain Simon Mannering will start at loose forward as he did in last Octobers Trans-Tasman Test in Townsville while his Vodafone Warriors team-mate Shaun Johnson is in the halves with Kieran Foran.


Utility Elijah Taylor and prop Ben Matulino are on the interchange along with Penrith prop Sam McKendry and Brisbane back rower Alex Glenn.


As anticipated veterans Sam Perrett and Jason Nightingale take the wing positions with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney Roosters) the 19th man.


Brought into the squad as 18th man is Melbournes Tohu Harris, who replaces the unavailable Jeremy Smith (suspended).


The full team is:


1JOSH HOFFMAN

2SAM PERRETT

3SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL

4DEAN WHARE

5JASON NIGHTINGALE

6KIERAN FORAN

7SHAUN JOHNSON

8JESSE BROMWICH

9ISSAC LUKE

10JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES

11FRANK PRITCHARD

12KEVIN PROCTOR

13SIMON MANNERING (c)

14ELIJAH TAYLOR

15SAM MCKENDRY

16BEN MATULINO

17ALEX GLENN

18TOHU HARRIS


HEAD COACH: STEPHEN KEARNEY