New Zealand are listed as second favourites for the match, and it’s straightforward to see why. They’ve gun gamers in each place and a good bit of depth to go together with it.

All issues going to plan, they’re set for a semi-final showdown with Australia at Elland Street in Leeds that ought to be a cracker.

Their backbone of Joey Manu, Jahrome Hughes, Dylan Brown and Brandon Smith is elite whereas their ahead rotation begins with James Fisher-Harris and Joseph Tapine after which they swap in Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Moses Leota. Massive, large boys.

Their pack additionally consists of a number of NRL premiership winners in Jesse and Kenny Bromwich in addition to the most effective strike forwards on this planet, Isaiah Papali’i.

Michael Maguire should snigger that he went from coping with the shallow pool of the Wests Tigers to the Marianas Trench of expertise.


So this bit is very easy. The Kiwis gained handily over Tonga in June and have suffered no accidents to main gamers since. The expected 17 beneath is actually the identical because the one which began in Auckland.

There’s all these names above, plus backs Jordan Rapana, Peta Hiku, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Kieran Foran. Marata Niukore performed within the centres in opposition to Tonga and Briton Nikora got here off the bench, in order that they’ll journey for certain.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 22: Jahrome Hughes of the Kiwis scores a try during the Oceania league test between the Kiwis and Mate Ma'a Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium on June 22, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

(Photograph by Fiona Goodall/Getty Pictures)


Unable to make the 17 however more likely to make the squad are Scott Sorensen, Griffin Neame and Jordan Riki as ahead choices, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak more likely to journey too. Jeremy Marshall-King has been wonderful late within the 12 months for the Bulldogs and can go as dummy-half depth.

Te Maire Martin, if match, can be taken as a fullback choice and with Ken Maumolo executed for the 12 months, an area for an outdoor again has opened up. Which may nicely be Matt Timoko.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Warriors looks dejected after a Sharks try during the round nine NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the New Zealand Warriors at PointsBet Stadium, on May 08, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

(Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Pictures)


There’s a number of exterior choices that could be thought-about. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad could be out of favour at Canberra, however with a transfer to the Warriors on the horizon, he’ll be within the dialog for fullback depth. Morgan Harper, Corey Harawira-Naera and Bailey Simonsson are exterior probabilities.

It’s not inconceivable that Tohu Harris will get a name if Maguire desires expertise. In the event that they need to actually roll again the years, Shaun Johnson can also be match and accessible. Reece Walsh and Kalyn Ponga are eligible however you sense their sights could be set on Queensland and Australia. Taking part in for the Kiwis would rule them out completely.

Predicted Kiwis squad

1 Joey Manu
2 Ronaldo Mulitalo
three Marata Niukore
four Peta Hiku
5 Jordan Rapana
6 Dylan Brown
7 Jahrome Hughes
eight Jesse Bromwich
9 Brandon Smith
10 James Fisher-Harris
11 Isaiah Papali’i
12 Kenny Bromwich
13 Joseph Tapine
14 Kieran Foran
15 Moses Leota
16 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
17 Briton Nikora
18 Scott Sorensen
19 Griffin Neame
20 Jordan Riki
21 Jeremy Marshall-King
22 Matt Timoko
23 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
24 Te Maire Martin

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