6 Nov 2015

Kiwis name team for must-win clash

2:54 pm on 6 November 2015

New Zealand rugby league coach Stephen Kearney has retained the same starting side for Sunday's must-win second Test against England at London's Olympic Stadium.

New Zealand's Jordan Kahu scores a try.

New Zealand's Jordan Kahu scores a try. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After losing the opening encounter of the three-Test series 26-12, the world No.1-ranked Kiwis must defeat their rivals this week to keep their hopes for overall honours alive.

While Kearney has kept the same starting XIII, he's recalled veterans Lewis Brown and Alex Glenn for debutants Kodi Nikorima and Siosiua Taukeiaho on the bench.

Nikorima and fellow newcomer Isaac Liu fill out a 19-man extended roster.

"Both these guys we're bringing in were a bit unlucky to miss out the week before and offer a great deal of experience," admitted Kearney.

"Looking at last week's game, that will be important for us this week."

"Lewis has done a great job for us in the past and Alex Glenn has had a wonderful year, so it's just desserts for them."

"We're in a position where we have to perform and these guys have done it for us before."

New Zealand: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Jason Nightingale, 3. Jordan Kahu, 4. Dean Whare, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Peta Hiku, 7. Tuimoala Lolohea, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Adam Blair, 14. Lewis Brown, 15. Martin Taupau, 16. Ben Matulino, 17. Alex Glenn, 18. Isaac Liu, 19. Kodi Nikorima