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Unchanged Squad for First Test Against England


Auckland, New Zealand, October 25, 2018 – Head coach Michael Maguire has retained the same 17 players used in the win over the Kangaroos for the Kiwis’ first Test against England at Hull’s KC Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm kick-off local time).

The only change is on the extended bench where Canberra second rower Joseph Tapine is included as 19th man with Melbourne utility back Jahrome Hughes 18th man.

Maguire said the players had earned the right to line up in the opening match of the series, New Zealand’s 17th three-Test campaign on United Kingdom soil since the pioneering All Golds played the first in 1908.

The second Test will be played at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday, November 4, followed by the third at Elland Road in Leeds on Saturday, November 10.

Maguire said the Kiwis needed to reset for the opening international in Hull.

“What we achieved in New Zealand against the Kangaroos was a start and the players recognise it was just that, a start,” he said.

“Our focus since leaving New Zealand has been fixed on this first Test. We have a group of players here who are exceptionally passionate about playing for the jersey. I’ve seen that. There are great signs for where we’re going but we need to make sure we do everything right this week.”

Hooker Brandon Smith and centre Joseph Manu will both play their second Test after they each impressed in the Kiwis’ superb 26-24 win over Australia at Mount Smart Stadium on October 13.

Left centre Esan Marsters and his wing partner Ken Maumalo will be lining up for the Kiwis for third time as will interchange prop Leeson Ah Mau while another seven players in the 19-man squad also have fewer than 10 Tests to their name.

The New Zealanders travelled to Brigg on the outskirts of Hull this afternoon ahead of their final training run at the Test venue tomorrow. Based in Manchester since arriving from a stopover in Dubai, the Kiwis have trained at the Wigan Warriors’ high performance training centre in Orrell and also had a session at the Manchester City Football Club’s exceptional academy facility on Monday.

NEW ZEALAND KIWIS v ENGLAND

2.30pm, Saturday, October 27, 2018

KC Stadium, Hull

NEW ZEALAND KIWIS

1DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK (c)

(Penrith Panthers)

2KEN MAUMALO

(Vodafone Warriors)

3ESAN MARSTERS

(Wests Tigers)

4JOSEPH MANU

(Sydney Roosters)

5JORDAN RAPANA

(Canberra Raiders)

6SHAUN JOHNSON

(Vodafone Warriors)

7KODI NIKORIMA

(Brisbane Broncos)

8JESSE BROMWICH

(Melbourne Storm)

9BRANDON SMITH

(Melbourne Storm)

10JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES

(Sydney Roosters)

11KEVIN PROCTOR

(Gold Coast Titans)

12ISAAC LIU

(Sydney Roosters)

13JAMES FISHER-HARRIS

(Penrith Panthers)

Interchange:
14KENNY BROMWICH

(Melbourne Storm)

15LEESON AH MAU

(St George Illawarra Dragons)

16MARTIN TAUPAU

(Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)

17ADAM BLAIR

(Vodafone Warriors)

18JAHROME HUGHES

(Melbourne Storm)

19JOSEPH TAPINE

(Canberra Raiders)


HEAD COACH | MICHAEL MAGUIRE


NEW ZEALAND KIWIS | END OF SEASON CAMPAIGN

(includes Test v Australia, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland)

PlayerClubKiwi NoTests for NZ
LEESON AH MAUSt George Illawarra Dragons8122
GERARD BEALEVodafone Warriors76711
ADAM BLAIRVodafone Warriors73246
JESSE BROMWICHMelbourne Storm77525
KENNEATH BROMWICHMelbourne Storm7964
JAMES FISHER-HARRISPenrith Panthers8013
PETA HIKUVodafone Warriors78111
JAHROME HUGHESMelbourne Storm--
JAMAYNE ISAAKOBrisbane Broncos8081
SHAUN JOHNSONVodafone Warriors77426
ISAAC LIUSydney Roosters8054
JOSEPH MANUSydney Roosters8151
ESAN MARSTERSWests Tigers8092
KEN MAUMALOVodafone Warriors8102
KODI NIKORIMABrisbane Broncos79010
AGNATIUS PAASIVodafone Warriors--
ISAIAH PAPALI’IVodafone Warriors--
KEVIN PROCTORGold Coast Titans77118
JORDAN RAPANACanberra Raiders7989
BRANDON SMITHMelbourne Storm8161
JOSEPH TAPINECanberra Raiders8008
MARTIN TAUPAUManly Warringah Sea Eagles78522
JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVESSydney Roosters75525
DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAKPenrith Panthers7948


PROGRAMME

Saturday, October 13 | v Australia, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland | Won 26-24

Saturday, October 27 | v England, KC Stadium, Hull

Sunday, November 4 | v England, Anfield, Liverpool

Saturday, November 10 | v England, Elland Road, Leeds


ends


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