01/11/2015 - Rugby League - England v New Zealand, 1st Test - KC Stadium, Hull, England - New Zealand's Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
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Two changes for Kiwis

Coach Stephen Kearney has added experience to the bench for the Kiwis’ second Test against England at London’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm kick-off local time; 3.30am Sunday NZT).

After losing 12-26 in Hull on Monday morning, the world’s top side must win this weekend to retain hope of New Zealand’s first series win in England since 1998.

The Kiwis led 10-0 inside the first 16 minutes at KC Stadium but seemed to lose momentum once Kearney went to the bench.

This time round, he retained his starting line-up but recalled the experienced Lewis Brown and Alex Glenn for debutants Kodi Nikorima and Sio Siua Taukeiaho on the bench. Brown boasts eight Tests since his debut in 2011 plus 150 NRL appearances while Glenn has played 10 Tests and 168 NRL games.

“Both these guys we’re bringing in were a bit unlucky to miss out the week before and offer a great deal of experience,” said Kearney.

“Looking at last week’s game, that will be important for us this week. Lewis has done a great job for us in the past and Alex Glenn has had a wonderful year, so it’s just desserts for them.

“We’re in a position where we have to perform and these guys have done it for us before.”

The last time the Kiwis played England in London was at Wembley when Shaun Johnson scored in the dying stages and then converted for a 20-18 win in their semi-final at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

 

SECOND TEST

ENGLAND v KIWIS

2.30pm, Saturday, November 7 (3.30am, Sunday, November 8 NZT)

Olympic Stadium, London

Referee | Gerard Sutton

 

NZ KIWIS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

2 JASON NIGHTINGALE

3 JORDAN KAHU

4 DEAN WHARE

5 SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL

6 PETA HIKU

7 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

8 JESSE BROMWICH

9 ISSAC LUKE (co-captain)

10 SAM MOA

11 KEVIN PROCTOR

12 TOHU HARRIS

13 ADAM BLAIR (co-captain)

Interchange:

14 LEWIS BROWN

15 MARTIN TAUPAU

16 BEN MATULINO

17 ALEX GLENN

18 ISAAC LIU

19 KODI NIKORIMA

HEAD COACH | STEPHEN KEARNEY

 

MEET THE KIWIS

GERARD BEALE

(Cronulla Sharks)

Born: July 18, 1990

Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Position: Fullback/Centre/Wing

Height: 182cm

Weight: 95kg

Junior Club: Logan Brothers (Queensland)

Other NRL Clubs: Brisbane Broncos (2009-2012), St George Illawarra Dragons (2013-2014)

Kiwi Number: 767

Test Debut: v Australia, Newcastle, 2011

Tests: 7 (2011-2014)

Test Points: 12 (3 tries)

NRL Games: 118 (2009-2015)

NRL Points: 128 (32 tries)

 

ADAM BLAIR

(Brisbane Broncos)

Born: March 20, 1986

Birthplace: Whangarei, NZ

Position: Prop/Second Row/Loose Forward

Height: 188cm

Weight: 108kg

Junior Club: Northland Carvers (Northland)

Other NRL Clubs: Melbourne Storm (2006-2011), Wests Tigers (2012-2014)

Kiwi Number: 732

Test Debut: v Australia, Auckland, 2006

Tests: 32 (2006-2015)

Test Points: 8 (2 tries)

NRL Games: 215 (2006-2015)

NRL Points: 40 (10 tries)

 

JESSE BROMWICH

(Melbourne Storm)

Born: May 3, 1989

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Position: Prop

Height: 194cm

Weight: 114kg

Junior Club: Manurewa Marlins (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 775

Test Debut: v Australia, Auckland, 2012

Tests: 15 (2012-2015)

Test Points: 8 (2 tries)

NRL Games: 132 (2010-2015)

NRL Points: 68 (17 tries)

 

LEWIS BROWN

(Penrith Panthers)

Born: October 3, 1986

Birthplace: Christchurch, NZ

Position: Second Row/Centre

Height: 179cm

Weight: 98kg

Junior Club: Riccarton Knights (Christchurch)

Other NRL Clubs: Vodafone Warriors (2009-2012)

Kiwi Number: 762

Test Debut: v Australia, Robina, 2011

Tests: 8 (2011-2014)                                        

Test Points: 4 (1 try)

NRL Games: 150 (2009-2015)

NRL Points: 116 (29 tries)

 

MANAIA CHERRINGTON

(Wests Tigers)

Born: August 2, 1994

Birthplace: Whangarei, NZ

Position: Hooker

Height: 180cm

Weight: 84kg

Junior Club: Quakers Hill (New South Wales)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil  

Kiwi Number: Yet to make debut

Test Debut: Yet to make debut

Tests: 0                            

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 11 (2015)

NRL Points: 4 (1 try)

 

ALEX GLENN

(Brisbane Broncos)

Born: July 31, 1988

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Position: Utility

Height: 181cm

Weight: 101kg

Junior Club: Northcote Tigers (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 769

Test Debut: v Australia, Newcastle, 2011

Tests: 10 (2011-2013)

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 168 (2009-2015)

NRL Points: 164 (41 tries)

 

TOHU HARRIS

(Melbourne Storm)

Born: January 7, 1992

Birthplace: Hastings, NZ

Position: Second Row/Prop 

Height: 195cm

Weight: 112kg

Junior Club: Tamatea rugby union (Hawke’s Bay)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 778

Test Debut: v Australia, Canberra, 2013

Tests: 8 (2013-2015)

Test Points: 8 (2 tries)

NRL Games: 76 (2013-2015)

NRL Points: 38 (7 tries, 5 goals)

 

PETA HIKU

(Manly Sea Eagles)

Born: December 4, 1992

Birthplace: Gisborne, NZ

Position: Fullback/Wing 

Height: 181cm

Weight: 94kg

Junior Club: Manurewa Marlins (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 781

Test Debut: v Australia, Sydney, 2014

Tests: 7 (2014-2015)

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 60 (2013-2015)

NRL Points: 118 (28 tries, 3 goals)

 

JORDAN KAHU

(Brisbane Broncos)

Born: January 28, 1991

Birthplace: Lower Hutt, NZ

Position: Centre/Wing/Fullback

Height: 183cm

Weight: 94kg

Junior Club: Petone rugby union (Wellington)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil  

Kiwi Number: 788

Test Debut: v England, Hull, 2015

Tests: 1 (2015)                           

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 35 (2013-2015)

NRL Points: 108 (16 tries, 22 goals)

 

SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL

(Sydney Roosters)

Born: January 23, 1988

Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Position: Centre/Wing 

Height: 194cm

Weight: 102kg

Junior Club: East Coast Barracudas (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 746

Test Debut: v France, Paris, 2007

Tests: 15 (2007-2015)

Test Points: 28 (7 tries)

NRL Games: 196 (2007-2015)

NRL Points: 454 (112 tries, 3 goals)

 

ISAAC LIU

(Sydney Roosters)

Born: April 26, 1991

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Position: Loose Forward/Prop

Height: 187cm

Weight: 107kg

Junior Clubs: Otahuhu Leopards, Pakuranga Jaguars (Auckland); Keebra Park State High School (Queensland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil  

Kiwi Number: Yet to make debut for NZ

Kiwi Test Debut: Yet to make debut for NZ

Tests: 0 for Kiwis, 5 for Toa Samoa (2014-2015)                                

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 64 (2013-2015)

NRL Points: 12 (3 tries)

 

TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

(Vodafone Warriors)

Born: January 23, 1995

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Position: Utility

Height: 177cm

Weight: 89kg

Junior Club: Marist Saints (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil  

Kiwi Number: 789

Kiwi Test Debut: v England, Hull, 2015

Tests: 1 for Kiwis (2015), 1 for Mate Ma’a Tonga (2015)                               

Test Points: 0  

NRL Games: 26 (2014-2015)

NRL Points: 70 (11 tries, 13 goals)  

 

ISSAC LUKE

(South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Born: May 29, 1987

Birthplace: Hawera, NZ

Position: Hooker

Height: 174cm

Weight: 89kg

Junior Club: Hawera Hawks (Taranaki)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 749

Test Debut: v Australia, Sydney, 2008

Tests: 34 (2008-2015)

Test Points: 54 (4 tries, 19 goals)

NRL Games: 188 (2007-2015)

NRL Points: 410 (36 tries, 133 goals)

 

BEN MATULINO

(Vodafone Warriors)

Born: January 3, 1989

Birthplace: Lower Hutt, NZ

Position: Prop

Height: 193cm

Weight: 107kg

Junior Club: Te Aroha Eels (Wellington)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 756

Test Debut: v France, Toulouse, 2009

Tests: 21 (2009-2015)

Test Points: 4 (1 try)

NRL Games: 173 (2008-2015)

NRL Points: 60 (15 tries)

 

SAM MOA

(Sydney Roosters)

Born: June 14, 1986

Birthplace: Tonga

Position: Prop

Height: 183cm

Weight: 105kg

Junior Club: Mangere East Hawks (Auckland)

Other Clubs: Cronulla Sharks (2008), Hull FC (2009-2012)

Kiwi Number: 780

Kiwi Test Debut: v Toa Samoa, Warrington, 2013

Tests: 6 for Kiwis (2013-2015), 5 Tests for Mate Ma’a Tonga (2008 & 2013)

Test Points: 8 (2 tries)

NRL Games: 73 (2008 & 2013-2015)

NRL Points: 36 (9 tries)

 

JASON NIGHTINGALE

(St George Illawarra Dragons)

Born: September 20, 1986

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Position: Wing

Height: 183cm

Weight: 91kg

Junior Club: Renown United (New South Wales)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 747

Test Debut: v Australia, Sydney, 2008

Tests: 26 (2008-2015)

Test Points: 64 (16 tries)

NRL Games: 197 (2007-2015)

NRL Points: 344 (86 tries)

 

KODI NIKORIMA

(Brisbane Broncos)

Born: April 3, 1994

Birthplace: Palmerston North, NZ

Position: Halfback/Standoff/Hooker

Height: 174cm

Weight: 85kg

Junior Club: Aspley Devils (Queensland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil  

Kiwi Number: 790

Test Debut: v England, Hull, 2015

Tests: 1 (2015)                                      

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 20 (2015)

NRL Points: 4 (1 try)

 

KEVIN PROCTOR

(Melbourne Storm)

Born: February 28, 1989

Birthplace: Te Kuiti, NZ

Position: Second Row

Height: 189cm

Weight: 105kg

Junior Club: Tugun Seahawks (Queensland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 771

Test Debut: v Australia, Townsville, 2012

Tests: 9 (2012-2015)

Test Points: 4 (1 try)

NRL Games: 155 (2008-2015)

NRL Points: 88 (22 tries)

 

CURTIS RONA

(Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Born: May 26, 1992

Birthplace: Waitara, NZ

Position: Wing/Centre

Height: 194cm

Weight: 102kg

Junior Club: Joondalup Giants (Western Australia)

Other NRL Clubs: North Queensland Cowboys (2014)  

Kiwi Number: Yet to make debut

Test Debut: Yet to make debut

Tests: 0                                       

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 32 (2014-2015)

NRL Points: 92 (23 tries)

 

SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO

(Sydney Roosters)

Born: January 3, 1992

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Position: Second Row/Centre/Loose Forward

Height: 184cm

Weight: 101kg

Junior Club: Otara Scorpions (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Vodafone Warriors (2013)

Kiwi Number: 791

Kiwi Test Debut: v England, Hull, 2015

Tests: 1for Kiwis (2015), 1 for Mate Ma’a Tonga (2015)                                

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 28 (2013 & 2015)

NRL Points: 8 (2 tries)

 

MARTIN TAUPAU

(Wests Tigers)

Born: February 3, 1990

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Position: Prop

Height: 190cm

Weight: 112kg

Junior Clubs: Padstow Panthers, Greenacre Tigers (New South Wales)

Other NRL Clubs: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2010-2013)

Kiwi Number: 785

Kiwi Test Debut: v Australia, Sydney, 2014

Tests: 7 Tests for Kiwis (2014-2015), 1 Test for Toa Samoa (2013)

Test Points: 0

NRL Games: 66 (2010-2015)

NRL Points: 32 (8 tries)

 

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

(Sydney Roosters)

Born: June 5, 1993

Birthplace: Apia, Samoa

Position: Fullback

Height: 182cm

Weight: 93kg

Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards (Auckland)

Other NRL Clubs: Nil

Kiwi Number: 779

Test Debut: v Toa Samoa, Warrington, 2013

Tests: 9 (2013-2015)

Test Points: 32 (8 tries)

NRL Games: 84 (2012-2015)

NRL Points: 112 (28 tries)

 

DEAN WHARE

(Penrith Panthers)

Born: January 22, 1990

Birthplace: Rotorua, NZ

Position: Centre

Height: 185cm

Weight: 96kg

Junior Club: Arncliffe Scots (New South Wales)

Other NRL Clubs: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (2010-2012)  

Kiwi Number: 776

Test Debut: v Australia, Townsville, 2012  

Tests: 13 (2012-2015)                                      

Test Points: 12 (3 tries)

NRL Games: 88 games (2010-2015)

NRL Points: 128 (32 tries)