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Kiwis Team to Play France

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League

Avignon, France, October 30, 2013 By the end of the Kiwis second match at the Rugby League World Cup, 23 of the 24-man squad will have had a game. Thomas Leuluai is still struggling with a groin complaint and won’t be risked on Friday night (Saturday …PRESS RELEASE

Kiwis Team to Play France

Avignon, France, October 30, 2013 – By the end of the Kiwis second match at the Rugby League World Cup, 23 of the 24-man squad will have had a game. Thomas Leuluai is still struggling with a groin complaint and won’t be risked on Friday night (Saturday morning NZ-time) against France. But the remainder of the squad who didn’t play in the 42-24 win over Samoa in Warrington will run out onto Parc de Sports in Avignon.

“The idea right from the start of the tournament was to give everyone an opportunity to stake a claim for a position,” said Kearney. “That hasn’t changed because of the performance against Samoa on Sunday.”

Jason Nightingale and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will start on the wings. “Manu Vatuvei picked up a knock to the knee and ankle on Sunday night,” said Kearney. “He mightn’t be able to train fully this week, but it was always my intention to give Jason a run. Roger had a good game against Samoa and it’ll be good for him to have another match this weekend.”

The Kiwi centres will be Bryson Goodwin and Krisnan Inu. “Kris didn’t play last week so I was always going to roll him out,” said Kearney. Goodwin had a tough day in the office against Samoa, which Kearney acknowledges. “I wanted to give him the opportunity to try and fix that.”

Sonny Bill Williams, who picked up a couple of bumps and bruises against Samoa, will sit this match out. “He would’ve been right to play on Friday,” said Kearney “but I wanted to give Alex Glenn an opportunity and also get some more time into Frank Pritchard.”

The Kiwis vs France match kicks off at 8pm Friday, November 1 (France-time), at Parc de Sports, Avignon. The match will be shown live on SKY Sports in NZ on Saturday morning (8am KO NZ-time).

The full Kiwis team to play France is:

<td>Frank Pritchard

Jersey Name Club Kiwi # Tests
1 Kevin Locke Vodafone Warriors 758 4
2 Jason Nightingale St George Illawarra Dragons 747 17
3 Bryson Goodwin South Sydney Rabbitohs 752 5
4 Krisnan Inu Canterbury Bulldogs 735 5
5 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Sydney Roosters 779 1
6 Kieran Foran Manly Sea Eagles 757 10
7 Shaun Johnson Vodafone Warriors 774 3
8 Ben Matulino Vodafone Warriors 756 14
9 Issac Luke South Sydney Rabbitohs 749 24
10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Sydney Roosters 755 13
11 Canterbury Bulldogs 718 25
12 Alex Glenn Brisbane Broncos 769 6
13 Simon Mannering Vodafone Warriors 731 31
14 Elijah Taylor Vodafone Warriors 770 5
15 Sam Kasiano Canterbury Bulldogs 777 2
16 Frank-Paul Nu’uausala Sydney Roosters 754 10
17 Greg Eastwood Canterbury Bulldogs 737 18
18 Jesse Bromwich Melbourne Storm 775 4
19 Josh Hoffman Brisbane Broncos 773 4

ENDS

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