31 Oct 2015

Unchanged Kiwis team named

6:54 am on 31 October 2015

Centre Jordan Kahu, halfback Tuimoala Lolohea, forward Sio Siua Taukeiaho and utility Kodi Nikorima are in line to earn their first New Zealand rugby league Test caps for the Kiwis against England at Hull.

The quartet debuted for their country against Leeds Rhinos last week and head coach Stephen Kearney has stuck with the group that defeated the English club champions for the opening encounter of the three-Test series at Hull's KC Stadium on Monday (NZ Time).

Tuimoala Lolohea celebrates his try during the NRL Rugby League match between the Vodafone Warriors and The Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 27 June 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Tuimoala Lolohea Photo: Photosport

"The purpose of last week's exercise was to give a run to some guys that hadn't played in a while," says Kearney.

"It was a matter of building that consistency, that's why they've got the opportunity again this week."

Kahu (groin) and co-captain Adam Blair (calf) both left the Leeds encounter with injuries, but have recovered sufficiently to be included in the extended 19-man Test squad. The starting line-up will be finalised shortly before kickoff.

Blair's calf strain has probably caused the most concern through the past week and he has been carefully managed by the Kiwis medical team.

"That's still an ongoing exercise and we'll make a call on Adam as late as tomorrow," says Kearney. "If he's unable to take the field, we've got some pretty handy replacements.

"Hopefully, for Adam, he will get the chance to skipper the team with Issac Luke."

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. Kodi Nikorima

15. Martin Taupau

16. Ben Matulino

17. Siosiua Takeiaho

18. Alex Glenn

19. Lewis Brown