NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Adam Blair, Kevin Proctor and Lewis Brown of the Kiwis sing the national anthem during the International Rugby League Trans Tasman Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at Hunter Stadium on May 6, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

New head coach David Kidwell has selected his first NZ Kiwis team, including seven changes from side that faced Australia in the Test in May.

NZ Kiwis v Australian Kangaroos
10pm NZ, Saturday, October 15

  1. Jordan Kahu
  2. Jason Nightingale
  3. Solomone Kata
  4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
  5. Jordan Rapana
  6. Thomas Leuluai
  7. Shaun Johnson
  8. Jesse Bromwich (c)
  9. Issac Luke
  10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  11. Kevin Proctor
  12. Tohu Harris
  13. Jason Taumalolo
  14. Lewis Brown
  15. Martin Taupau
  16. Manu Ma’u
  17. Adam Blair
  18. Joseph Tapine
  19. Gerard Beale


  1. That’s a strong line up. If Johnson is on it should be a great game. Can’t wait. I’m hanging out for some footy!

    • Thiaday definitely smashed the crap through JWH this season in the NRL . That was a great battle and one clearly won by Sam. Remember that game batman?

    • i am not saying that o’neill is better then leilua by any means but o’neill won’t let anyone down, now is there qld bias yes but o’neill was our strongest defender that entire series and he doesn’t have to bad of a attacking game either plus leilua didn’t play origin ( which doesn’t really matter but they like to tell you it does ) they would never of selected him, i also like that it means leilua plays for samoa to make them stronger which is the same case as semi radradra, australia don’t need them but the other teams do.

  2. Aussies will still come out on top. Add a fully fit and firing Foran to that team and NZ will be close to beating them

  3. I’m aware of injuries, However would love to see the following:

    Coach: Ricky Baker 😂

    1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    2. Dalin Watene-Zelezniak
    3. Jordan Kahu
    4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    5. Jordan Rapana
    6. Kieran Foran
    7. Shaun Johnson
    8. Jesse Bronwich
    9. Isaac Luke
    10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    11. Kevin Proctor
    12. Tohu Harris
    13. Jason Taumalolo
    14. TeMaire Martin
    15. James Fisher-Harris
    16. Joseph Tapine
    17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

  4. There is no bias at all from mal and im a nsw supporter oneill over leilua cos leiluas d is average wheres chambers he should be there but mal wpuld be worried of being called bias and as for everyone saying thaiday shouldnt be there. Do yoh want nz to win? Sammy thaiday has been an elite forward for years and everytime he represents his country he plays good he deserves the jersey and plays with pride hed be one of the first picked for me id probably go with this 17
    1. Boyd
    2. Mansour
    3. Chambers
    4. Inglis
    5. Holmes
    6. JT
    7. Cronk
    8. Scott
    9. Smith
    10. Gallen
    11. Gillett
    12. Thaiday
    13. Parker
    14. Merrin
    15. Mcguire
    16. Papalii
    17. Woods

  5. For me, Leilua, Tedesco, Ryan James and McGuire, possibly Fifita (except he’s mental) all should’ve made the actual team let alone the squad.

    I’d go:

    Tedesco Boyd GI Leilua Holmes JT Cronk
    Frizell Cordner Gillett Woods Smith Scott
    Thaiday Papalii James McGuire

    Considering they aren’t there, and that Papalii, Woods, Mansour and Semi are unavailable for this match, what I hope we get is:

    Boyd Holmes GI O’Neill Ferguson (I guess) JT Cronk
    Frizell Cordner Gillett Boyd Smith Scott
    Morgan Thaiday Trbojevic Klemmer

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