Sam Kasiano
Kearney hopes to convince Kasiano

The eligibility tug-of-war for Sam Kasiano has intensified with New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney to meet with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs enforcer over the next week to convince him to commit to the Kiwis.

Speaking exclusively with last week, Kasiano admitted he was torn over whether to pledge his allegiance to Queensland or the Kiwis and had even sought the counsel of his mother to provide clarity on his representative future.

But Kearney is determined to get his man.

Having already seen New Zealand-born James Tamou renounce his ties to play for Australia in April’s trans-Tasman Test, Kearney will sit down with Kasiano in the coming days to ensure another front-row giant is not lost to the Kiwis’ arch-rivals.

Kasiano has signed a letter of intent to play for New Zealand and Kearney is confident the 128kg man mountain will wear his maiden Kiwi jumper against Australia in the end-of-season Test in Townsville on October 13.

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