Kiwis name team to defend World Cup crown

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has named his 19 man squad to play Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday (14:30). Jesse Bromwich Greg Eastwood Kieran Foran Alex Glenn Bryson Goodwin Shaun Johnson Sam Kasiano Kevin Locke Issac Luke Simon Mannering – Captain Ben Matulino Jason Nightingale Frank-Paul Nu’uausala Elijah Taylor Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Manu Vatuvei Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Dean Whare Sonny…

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The Aussie angle: Why I feel for the English

It was perhaps significant that just a few hours after we witnessed one of the greatest World Cup matches in history, between England and New Zealand for the right to play Australia in this year’s final, I should receive an important email. It asked for my choices in the first round of voting for the next member of the Australian…

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Waerea-Hargreaves: It was pretty emotional

New Zealand’s Jared Waerea-Hargreaves broke down in tears after his side’s last-second victory against England in the World Cup semi finals. “I definitely got emotional after the game and I saw a few looks on the brothers alongside me after that victory – everyone was pretty emotional,” Waerea-Hargreaves said. “To get to that extreme was awesome. It was just one…

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Johnson: “It’s all a bit of a blur”

Shaun Johnson claims he can’t quite picture his match-winning try against England at Wembley but describes it as the biggest moment of his career. With just seconds to spare, the 23-year-old received the ball in space and cleverly stepped a charging Kevin Sinfield before crossing to level the scores then calmly slotting the conversion to send his side into the…

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