4 Nov 2010

This week all that matters: Kearney

4:09 pm on 4 November 2010

The Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney says the team's sole focus is on winning Saturday's Four Nations rugby league Test against Australia in Auckland.

Kearney's named his strongest team for the Eden Park clash with seasoned forwards Adam Blair and Frank Pritchard returning, along with Ben Matulino, after they missed the 76-12 win over Papua New Guinea in Rotorua last weekend.

Prop Blair replaces debutant Sam McKendry while Pritchard and Matulino are on the five-man interchange bench with Sika Manu retaining his starting role in the second row.

Sydney Roosters forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves drops out.

While the two unbeaten teams will play again on Saturday week in the series final in Brisbane, Kearney is dismissing talk of a dead rubber, as it's a Test against Australia.