26 Oct 2009

Pettybourne eighth newcomer in Kiwis squad

7:05 am on 26 October 2009

The New Zealand rugby league team has called South Sydney's Eddy Pettybourne into the squad, hours after the dramatic 20-all draw with Australia in the Kiwis' opening match of the Four Nations tournament.

The 21-year-old is on his way to France as cover for first-choice second rower Bronson Harrison, who's in doubt to play against the French after a calf injury in the Kangaroos game.

Pettybourne becomes the eighth newcomer in the squad. He is set to join the Kiwis in Toulouse today.

The Kiwis originally named 23 players rather than the permitted 24 but officially registered the former Junior Kiwi as their non-travelling 24th player before the tournament started.