Kiwis Team to Face Tonga in Rugby League World Cup Clash
Kiwis Team to Face Tonga
Kiwis Coach David Kidwell has brought back nearly one hundred Tests of experience for Saturdays Rugby League World Cup clash against Tonga in Hamilton.
After sitting out the Kiwis 74-6 victory over Scotland, veterans Thomas Leuluai returns to the number 9 jersey while Simon Mannering slots in at 11.
Jordan Rapana will start on the right wing, while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak gets his first ever chance to play in front of his home crowd, partnering with club team mate Dean Whare on the left wing and centre respectively.
Kodi Nikorima will join Shaun Johnson in the halves with Te Maire Martin named in 19.
Isaac Liu is the only change to the bench, which continues to look to Russell Packer, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Danny Levi to add a further spark during the match.