Competition - Test Match.
Teams - Australia v New Zealand .
Venue - NIB Stadium, Perth Western Australia.
Date - October 15th 2016.
Photographer - Robb Cox © NRL Photos

NZ make two changes for clash against Australia

The NZ Kiwis have made two changes to the side to face Australia in their second outing of the Four Nations tournament at Coventry.

Both Kiwi #747 Jason Nightingale (ankle) and Kiwi #755 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee) have been ruled out, with injuries sustained in the opening 17-16 win over England. 

Replacing them are premiership-winning Cronulla Shark Gerard Beale (Kiwi #767) on the wing and Canterbury Bulldog veteran Greg Eastwood (Kiwi #737) on the bench, with Kiwi #732 Adam Blair promoted to the starting lineup.

"It's tough loosing players of Nighty's [Nightingale] and Jared's [Waerea-Hargreaves] talent and experience," says Kiwis coach David Kidwell.

"We are fortunate to have quality reinforcements who understand what international football is all about."

Kidwell, who has been a strong advocate for the importance of team culture, has been impressed with the injured pair's attitude.

"They are both terrific players and they are wonderful people. They have been terrific examples of what 'Te Iwi Kiwi' is all about.

"Both Bealy [Beale] and Beasty [Eastwood] have been pushing hard for spots all tour, as well as the young guys in the team. As a coach, it's fantastic to know that everyone is working hard.

"I have complete confidence in all the players in our squad. That's why they were picked."

The team is based in Birmingham in preparation for the test against Australia at Ricoh Arena, Coventry 8pm on Saturday October 5 (UK)/9am, Sunday (NZ).

The full NZ Kiwis team is:

Number

Name

Club  

Kiwi #

1

Jordan Kahu

Brisbane Broncos

790

2

Gerard Beale

Cronulla Sharks 

767

3

Solomone Kata

NZ Warriors

797

4

Shaun Kenny-Dowall  

Sydney Roosters

746

5

Jordan Rapana

Canberra Raiders

798

6

Thomas Leuluai

NZ Warriors

704

7

Shaun Johnson

NZ Warriors

774

8

Jesse Bromwich (c)

Melbourne Storm

775

9

Issac Luke

NZ Warriors

749

10

Adam Blair 

Brisbane Broncos

732

11

Kevin Proctor

Melbourne Storm

771

12

Tohu Harris

Melbourne Storm

778

13

Jason Taumalolo

North Queensland Cowboys

786

14

Lewis Brown

Manly Sea Eagles

762

15

Martin Taupau

Manly Sea Eagles

785

16

Manu Ma’u

Parramatta Eels 

795

17

Greg Eastwood

Canterbury Bulldogs

737

18

Joseph Tapine

Canberra Raiders

-

19

David Fusitu'a

NZ Warriors

-