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New Zealand Kiwis naming for RLWC2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Zealand Kiwis naming for RLWC2017

New Zealand Rugby League has today revealed its 24-man squad to represent the Kiwis in this year’s Rugby League World Cup to be jointly hosted between New Zealand and Australia.

The squad includes five debutants, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Addin Fonua-Blake, Danny Levi, Isaac Liu and Brad Takairangi as well as three from the victorious 2008 Rugby League World Cup Kiwis side, Captain Adam Blair and veterans Thomas Leuluai and Simon Mannering.

Three players who featured in the recent NRL Grand Final have been selected including Kenneath Bromwich and Nelson Asofa-Solomona who were a part of the victorious Melbourne Storm.

Dally M Winger of the Year Jordan Rapana has also been named alongside Shaun Johnson, Te Maire Martin, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jason Nightingale, Kodi Nikorima, Peta Hiku, Gerard Beale, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dean Whare.

Martin Taupau, Russell Packer, Elijah Taylor, Joseph Tapine and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves round out the 24-man squad.

Coach David Kidwell says he and his fellow selectors, Tawera Nikau, Hugh McGahan and Tony Iro are all proud and excited to name an enthusiastic squad that includes leadership, experience and a real want to work hard for each other.

"This is a unique opportunity, a World Cup in our country is a great honour and I can't wait to get into camp and work this this group of men and women who are all committed to the Kiwis."

"There's a great mix of enthusiasm and experience in this side and a real desire to win this World Cup, I can't wait to show the people around New Zealand all the work we have been doing and how committed we are to this campaign."

Players not considered due to injury include Tohu Harris, Jordan Kahu, Kieran Foran and Ben Matulino.

PLAYERS NAME
24-Man Squad
(In Alphabetical Order By Surname)
KIWI NO.NAME
Debutant*NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA
767GERARD BEALE
732ADAM BLAIR
796KENNEATH BROMWICH
DebutantADDIN FONUA-BLAKE
781PETA HIKU
774SHAUN JOHNSON
704THOMAS LEULUAI
Debutant*DANNY LEVI
Debutant*ISAAC LIU
731SIMON MANNERING
802TE MAIRE MARTIN
747JASON NIGHTINGALE
793KODI NIKORIMA
768RUSSELL PACKER
798JORDAN RAPANA
Debutant*BRAD TAKAIRANGI
800JOSEPH TAPINE
795MARTIN TAUPAU
770ELIJAH TAYLOR
779ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK
755JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES
794DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK
776DEAN WHARE


* Been In Kiwis Camp Previously But Have Not Played

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