New Zealand draft in Greg Eastwood for England clash

NZ Kiwis coach David Kidwell has named the same 17 that took the field against Australia in Perth for the opening clash of the Four Nations against England at John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

Kidwell and his coaching staff have put the full squad through their paces since arriving in England last Thursday. “I’m really happy with how the boys have trained. We understand the challenge that’s ahead of us and we need to be at our best,” he says.

“In Perth, a lot of our guys hadn’t played for a long period of time. The result wasn’t what we wanted, but all the players were better off for the run and we will look to build from that.”

Greg Eastwood (Kiwi #737) is the only change to the 19-man squad named to face the home nation, replacing young Canberra Raiders back rower Joseph Tapine.

“It’s no secret this game is going to be won up front,” says Kidwell. “Both teams have strong forward packs and we need our middle men to lead the way.”

The test will be played in front of a sold-out stadium at 2.30pm Saturday, October 29 (UK time)/2.30am Sunday, October 30 (NZ time).

The full NZ Kiwis team is:

NumberNameClub   Kiwi #
1Jordan KahuBrisbane Broncos790
2Jason NightingaleSt George-Illawarra Dragons747
3Solomone KataNZ Warriors797
4Shaun Kenny-DowallSydney City Roosters746
5Jordan RapanaCanberra Raiders798
6Thomas LeuluaiNZ Warriors704
7Shaun JohnsonNZ Warriors774
8Jesse Bromwich (c)Melbourne Storm775
9Issac LukeNZ Warriors749
10Jared Waerea-HargreavesSydney City Roosters755
11Kevin ProctorMelbourne Storm771
12Tohu HarrisMelbourne Storm778
13Jason TaumaloloNorth Queensland Cowboys786
14Lewis BrownManly-Warringah Sea Eagles762
15Martin TaupauManly-Warringah Sea Eagles785
16Manu Ma’uParramatta Eels795
17Adam BlairBrisbane Broncos732
18Gerard BealeCronulla Sutherland Sharks767
19Greg EastwoodCanterbury Bankstown Bulldogs737