Three new faces in Kiwis side
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:40p.m.
There will be three new faces in the Kiwis side to face the Kangaroos in this weekend’s one-off test in Townsville.
Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano, Manly centre Dean Whare and Storm second-rower Kevin Proctor will all make debuts on Saturday night.
The 133kg Kasiano was the subject of a tug-of-war between Queensland and New
Zealand before opting to play for the country of his birth.
This weekend's starting forward pack features four players from the NRL Grand Final: Kasiano and Bulldogs teammate Frank Pritchard, and Storm players Jesse Bromwich and Proctor. They’re joined up front by Issac Luke and Simon Mannering.
Coach Stephen Kearney has also called upon the Doggies’ kennel to fill the ranks in the backs, with Sam Perrett and Krisnan Inu on the wing and at centre, respectively.
Yet another Bulldog, Greg Eastwood, has been named on the bench.
Benji Marshall once again captains the side, partnered in the halves by Kieran Foran. Sam McKendry is 18th man.
Kiwis: 1. Josh Hoffman (Brisbane Broncos), 2. Sam Perrett (Canterbury Bulldogs) 3. Krisnan Inu (Canterbury Bulldogs), 4. Dean Whare (Manly Sea Eagles) 5. Gerard Beale (Brisbane Broncos), 6 Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers) 7. Kieran Foran (Manly Sea Eagles), 8. Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm), 9. Issac Luke (South Sydney Rabbitohs), 10. Sam Kasiano (Canterbury Bulldogs) 11. Frank Pritchard (Canterbury Bulldogs), 12. Kevin Proctor (Melbourne Storm), 13. Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors).
Reserves: 14. Elijah Taylor (NZ Warriors), 15. Ben Matulino, (NZ Warriors), 16. Greg Eastwood (Canterbury Bulldogs), 17. Adam Blair (Wests Tigers).
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