Several changes to Kiwi side

A much-changed line-up including five Vodafone Warriors will face France in the Kiwis second Rugby League World Cup clash in Avignon on Saturday morning (NZT).


By the end of the match, 23 of the 24-man squad will have had a game.

Thomas Leuluai is still struggling with a groin complaint and won't be risked against France but the remainder of the squad who didnt play in the 42-24 win over Samoa in Warrington will run out onto Parc de Sports in Avignon.


The idea right from the start of the tournament was to give everyone an opportunity to stake a claim for a position, said Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney.


That hasnt changed because of the performance against Samoa on Sunday.

Jason Nightingale and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will start on the wings.


Manu Vatuvei picked up a knock to the knee and ankle on Sunday night, said Kearney.


He mightnt be able to train fully this week, but it was always my intention to give Jason a run. Roger had a good game against Samoa and itll be good for him to have another match this weekend.


The Kiwi centres will be Bryson Goodwin and Krisnan Inu.


Kris didnt play last week so I was always going to roll him out, said Kearney. Goodwin had a tough day in the office against Samoa, which Kearney acknowledges.


I wanted to give him the opportunity to try and fix that.


Sonny Bill Williams, who picked up a couple of bumps and bruises against Samoa, will sit this match out.


He wouldve been right to play on Friday but I wanted to give Alex Glenn an opportunity and also get some more time into Frank Pritchard.


The match kicks off at 8pm Friday, November 1 (France-time), at Parc de Sports, Avignon. The match will be shown live on SKY Sports in NZ on Saturday morning (8am KO NZ-time).


The full Kiwis team to play France is:


1 KEVIN LOCKE (Vodafone Warriors), 758, 4


2 JASON NIGHTINGALE (St George Illawarra Dragons), 747, 17


3 BRYSON GOODWIN (South Sydney Rabbitohs), 752, 5


4 KRISNAN INU (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 735, 5


5 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (Sydney Roosters), 779, 1


6 KIERAN FORAN (Manly Sea Eagles), 757, 10


7 SHAUN JOHNSON (Vodafone Warriors), 774, 3


8 BEN MATULINO (Vodafone Warriors), 756, 14


9 ISSAC LUKE (South Sydney Rabbitohs), 749, 24


10 JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES (Sydney Roosters), 755, 13


11 FRANK PRITCHARD (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 718, 25


12 ALEX GLENN (Brisbane Broncos), 769, 6


13 SIMON MANNERING (Vodafone Warriors), captain, 731, 31


Interchange:


14 ELIJAH TAYLOR (Vodafone Warriors), 770, 5


15 SAM KASIANO (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 777, 2


16 FRANK-PAUL NUUAUSALA (Sydney Roosters), 754, 10


17 GREG EASTWOOD (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 737, 18


18 JESSE BROMWICH (Melbourne Storm), 775, 4


19 JOSH HOFFMAN (Brisbane Broncos), 773, 4