Seven Vodafone Warriors all named

Thomas Leuluai (pictured) will be paired in the halves with fellow Vodafone Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson for the Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup warm-up match against the Cook Islands on Monday morning (NZT). Photo: Photosport


All seven Vodafone Warriors will line up for the Kiwis in their Rugby League World Cup warm-up match against the Cook Islands at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on Sunday (3.00am kick-off, Monday, NZT).


Manu Vatuvei is on the wing, Thomas Leuluai and Shaun Johnson pair up in the halves as they do for their club, captain Simon Mannering and Elijah Taylor are in the back row and Ben Matulino and Kevin Locke are on a five-man bench.


Mannering will finally have his chance to lead the Kiwis for the first time. He was named as captain for this year's Anzac Test but was subsequently ruled out with injury.


NRL grand final-winning Sydney Roosters players Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa, Sonny Bill Williams and Frank-Paul Nuuausala have been left out of the match as has Manly playmaker Kieran Foran.


The match is not an official Test with both sides using 18-man squads and unlimited interchanges.


SKY Sport 2 will have live coverage of the match from 2.45 on Monday morning.


The Kiwi team is:


KIWIS


1 JOSH HOFFMAN

2 JASON NIGHTINGALE

3 KRISNAN INU

4 DEAN WHARE

5 MANU VATUVEI

6 THOMAS LEULUAI

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 JESSE BROMWICH

9 ISSAC LUKE

10 SAM KASIANO

11 FRANK PRITCHARD

12 SIMON MANNERING (c)

13 ELIJAH TAYLOR

Interchange:

14 GREG EASTWOOD

15 BEN MATULINO

16 ALEX GLENN

17 KEVIN LOCKE

18 BRYSON GOODWIN


COACH: STEPHEN KEARNEY