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Four Test Debutants for Kiwi

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Four Test Debutants for Kiwi s Sydney, Australia, October 22, 2019 Four debutants including starting centre Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad have today been confirmed to line up for the New Zealand Kiwis in Friday nights Oceania Cup Test against the Kangaroos …Four Test Debutants for Kiwis

Sydney, Australia, October 22, 2019 – Four debutants including starting centre Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad have today been confirmed to line up for the New Zealand Kiwis in Friday night’s Oceania Cup Test against the Kangaroos at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.

Nicoll-Klokstad (24) is one of four changes to the starting line-up used in the Kiwis’ 34-14 win over Mate Ma’a Tonga in June.

With Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at fullback, the Canberra custodian replaces the injured Esan Marsters while Jamayne Isaako comes in for injured captain Dallin Watene-Zeleniak on the right wing, Leeson Ah Mau starts in the front row for Jesse Bromwich, out with a foot injury, and veteran Adam Blair comes into loose forward for Isaac Liu (knee).

Nicoll-Klokstad apart, the other debutants are all on the bench – forwards Zane Tetevano, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Corey Harawira-Naera. They fill vacancies created by Ah Mau moving into the starting line-up plus Nelson Asofa-Solomona being suspended and James Fisher-Harris injured.

Benji Marshall (34), playing just his second Test since 2012, has now been recalled as captain seven years after last filling the role against the Kangaroos in Townsville. This will be his 20th match as captain, taking him clear of Gary Freeman for the record for the most Tests as Kiwi captain.

Blair also has a milestone in sight despite not being originally selected. He was called up as a replacement for the World Cup 9s last week, going on to play in the final.

His appearance on Friday night takes him to 49 Tests with the chance of becoming just the second New Zealander to play 50 Tests in Saturday week’s first Test against the touring Great Britain Lions.
NEW ZEALAND KIWIS v AUSTRALIAN KANGAROOS

8.10pm, Friday, October 25, 2019
WIN Stadium, Wollongong

NEW ZEALAND KIWIS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK
(Vodafone Warriors)
2 KEN MAUMALO
(Vodafone Warriors)
3 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
(Canberra Raiders)
4 JOSEPH MANU
(Sydney Roosters)
5 JAMAYNE ISAAKO
(Brisbane Broncos)
6 SHAUN JOHNSON
(Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
7 BENJI MARSHALL (c)
(Wests Tigers)
8 LEESON AH MAU
(Vodafone Warriors)
9 BRANDON SMITH
(Melbourne Storm)
10 JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES
(Sydney Roosters)
11 BRITON NIKORA
(Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
12 KENNY BROMWICH
(Melbourne Storm)
13 ADAM BLAIR
(Vodafone Warriors)
Interchange:
14 JAHROME HUGHES
(Melbourne Storm)
15 ZANE TETEVANO
(Sydney Roosters)
16 BRADEN HAMLIN-UELE
(Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
17 COREY HARAWIRA-NAERA
(Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
18 KEVIN PROCTOR
(Gold Coast Titans)
19 BAILEY SIMONSSON
(Canberra Raiders)
20 KODI NIKORIMA
(Vodafone Warriors)
21 ISAIAH PAPALI’I
(Vodafone Warriors)

HEAD COACH | MICHAEL MAGUIRE

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