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NZRL Team photo at Pullman Ridges Hotel, Sydney Australia. Monday 2 May 2016. Photo: Paul Seiser/

Cronulla utility back Gerard Beale has been called in to replace injured Peta Hiku in the Kiwi line-up for Friday’s Downer Trans-Tasman Test against the Kangaroos at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.

Beale (Kiwi #767) has played seven tests for New Zealand in 2011 and 2014, and last took the field for his country in the 2014 Four Nations opener against Australia at Suncorp Stadium,

He was called into the Kiwi camp on Monday morning after Brisbane second rower Alex Glenn picked up a calf injury playing for the Broncos against Cronulla on Sunday.

But when Hiku was also ruled out with a knee injury, Beale moved into the centres and Brisbane utility Jordan Kahu shifted to fullback.

The Kiwis have further concerns over the fitness of Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who sported a moon boot at the team’s recovery training session on Monday.

He will be given some time to prove his readiness, with Parramatta’s Brad Takairangi and Melbourne forward Kenny Bromwich arriving to cover further casualties in the test build-up.

Other features of the include the use of Melbourne second row Tohu Harris in the halves and debuts for Penrith wing Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Parramatta forward Manu Ma’u.

Also named today in the line-up the Kiwi Ferns will use in their international against the Jillaroos.



Kiwis v Australia Kangaroos

9.50pm (NZT), Friday, May 6

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle


1 Jordan Kahu

2 Jason Nightingale

3 Shaun Kenny-Dowall

4 Gerard Beale

5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

6 Tohu Harris

7 Shaun Johnson 

8 Jesse Bromwich (c)

9 Lewis Brown

10 Adam Blair

11 Kevin Proctor

12 Manu Ma’u

13 Jason Taumalolo

14 Kodi Nikorima

15 Greg Eastwood

16 Martin Taupau

17 Sam Moa

18 Brad Takairangi

20 Kenny Bromwich



Kiwi Ferns v Jillaroos

7.25pm (NZT), Friday, May 6

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle


1 Sarina Fiso

2 Lanulangi Veaimu

3 Maitua Feterika

4 Va’anessa Molia-Fraser

5 Atawhai Tupaea

6 Georgia Hale

7 Kristina Sue

8 Lilietta Maumau

9 Krystal Rota

10 Kelly Maipi

11 Teuila Fotu-Moala

12 Annetta Nuuausala

13 Nora Maaka

14 Amber Kani

15 Kahurangi Peters

16 Krystal Murrray

17 Charmaine McMenamin

18 Mary-Jane Ale

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