3 May 2010

Three players in line for Kiwis debut

7:14 pm on 3 May 2010

Friday night's Anzac rugby league Test in Melbourne has sold out.

The Kiwis will field an inexperienced side in front of a crowd of 30,000, with coach Stephen Kearney naming a side shorn of seven first-choice Test stars through injury.

While most of the 18-man squad was involved in last year's Four Nations, the selectors have added Brisbane utility Alex Glenn, Warriors hooker Aaron Heremaia and Newcastle backrower Zeb Taia.

The young Manly star Kieran Foran was named in the squad and is expected to partner captain Benji Marshall in the halves.

Injured players not considered include Manu Vatuvei, Simon Mannering, Roy Asotasi, Jeremy Smith, Frank Pritchard, Fuifui Moimoi and Dene Halatau.

Squad: Adam Blair, Kieran Foran, Alex Glenn, Bronson Harrison, Aaron Heremaia, Lance Hohaia, Issac Luke, Sika Manu, Benji Marshall, Steve Matai, Ben Matulino, Jason Nightingale, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Perrett, Sam Rapira, Junior Sa'u, Zeb Taia, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.