New Zealand squad for next test

Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich ©, Kenny Bromwich, Kieran Foran, David Fusitu’a, Shaun Johnson, Jordan Kahu, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Kodi Nikorima, Russell Packer, Kevin Proctor, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare

That’s a really strong squad. Should be a good game.

Brandon Smith

NZ squad always throws up an unusual selection.
Melbourne Storm backup hooker apparently. Matt McIllwrick can consider himself unlucky.

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Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich ©, Kenny Bromwich, Kieran Foran, David Fusitu’a, Shaun Johnson, Jordan Kahu, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Kodi Nikorima, Russell Packer, Kevin Proctor, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare

That’s a really strong squad. Should be a good game.

Yeah it’s a really good squad, although the centres and second row will be well behind Australia. I’d expect something like this:

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Jordan Rapana
3. David Fusitu’a
4. Dean Whare
5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Jesse Bromwich ©
9. Issac Luke
10. Martin Taupau
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Simon Mannering
13. Jason Taumalolo

14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
15. Adam Blair
16. Russell Packer
17. Kodi Nikorima

Big bodies up the middle all game…

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Brandon Smith

NZ squad always throws up an unusual selection.
Melbourne Storm backup hooker apparently. Matt McIllwrick can consider himself unlucky.

He’s probably there just to gain some experience. I doubt he’ll get any game time. Mcilwrick is probably a bit too old to fill that kind of role.

Here’s a second NZ team:

1. Peter Hiku
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Konrad Hurrell
4. Kirisome Auva’au
5. Sosaia Feki
6. Te Maire Martin
7. Corey Norman
8. Jared Warea-Hargreaves
9. Matt McIllwrick
10. Ben Matulino
11. Manu Mau
12. Bodene Thompson
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Suaia Matagi
15. James Fisher-Harris
16. Sauaso Sue
17. Brad Takaurangi

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