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Coach Stephen Kearney has retained the same line-up as the Kiwis bid for their place in New Zealand rugby league history in the third Test against England at DW Stadium in Wigan on Saturday (2.00am Sunday kick-off NZT).

With the series level after their grinding 9-2 win in London, the 2015 tourists have the chance to stand alongside the 1971 and 1998 sides as the only official New Zealand teams to win a Test series in England in more than 100 years.

The ground-breaking 1971 side, coached by Lory Blanchard and captained by Roy Christian, came back from early deficits in each of the first two Tests to win 18-13 and 17-14 to claim history. In 1998 the Frank Endacott-coached, Quentin Pongia-captained side won the first two Tests 22-16 and 36-16 but missed out on a clean sweep when the third Test was drawn.

Three times the Kiwis have had a drawn 1-1 series in 1980, 1985 and 2002. Playing as Great Britain until 2007, the home side has won nine series against the Kiwis in the United Kingdom.

Since the advent of the Tri Nations and then the Four Nations, traditional series have become a rare event in international rugby league with the 2007 campaign in England the last time the Kiwis have been involved in an old-fashioned series.

Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney today predictably named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s series decider in Wigan with Brisbane’s Kodi Nikorima listed at halfback this time after originally being included on an extended bench for the second Test.

 

THIRD TEST

ENGLAND v NZ KIWIS

2.00pm, Saturday, November 14

DW Stadium, Wigan

Referee: Ben Thaler (England)

 

NZ KIWIS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

2 JASON NIGHTINGALE

3 JORDAN KAHU

4 DEAN WHARE

5 SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL

6 PETA HIKU

7 KODI NIKORIMA

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 GERARD BEALE

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: 33 (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: 16 (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: 9 (2011-2015)                                      

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: 11 (2011-2015)

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: 9 (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: 8 (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: 2 (2015)                                  

Test Points: 3 (goal, field goal)

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: 16 (2007-2015)

Test Points: 32 (8 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: 35 (2008-2015)

Test Points: 56 (4 tries, 20 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: 22 (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: 7 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: 27 (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: 2 (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: 10 (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: 1 for 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: 8 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: 10 (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: 14 (2012-2015)                                                

Test Points: 12 (3 tries)

NRL Games: 88 games (2010-2015)

NRL Points: 128 (32 tries)