CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 05: Shaun Johnson charges forward during the New Zealand Kiwis training session at Nga Puna Wai on November 05, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Shaun Johnson and Brandon Smith have been recalled by the New Zealand Kiwis for Saturday’s second Test against the Great Britain Lions.

Johnson comes back in at standoff replacing the injured Kieran Foran while Smith, stood down last week, returns at hooker as the Kiwis seek a series-clinching win after taking out last Saturday’s first Test 12-8 at Eden Park.

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Vodafone Warriors)
  2. Ken Maumalo (Vodafone Warriors)
  3. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Canberra Raiders)
  4. Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters)
  5. Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)
  6. Shaun Johnson (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
  7. Benji Marshall (C) (Wests Tigers)
  8. Zane Tetevano (Sydney Roosters)
  9. Brandon Smith (Melbourne Storm)
  10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)
  11. Briton Nikora (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
  12. Corey Harawira-naera (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  13. Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders)
  14. Kodi Nikorima (Vodafone Warriors)
  15. Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast Titans)
  16. Leeson Ah Mau (Vodafone Warriors)
  17. Adam Blair (Vodafone Warriors)
  18. Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne Storm)
  19. Braden Hamlin-Uele (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
  20. Kenny Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)
  21. Bailey Simonsson (Canberra Raiders)
  22. Isaiah Papali’i (Vodafone Warriors)


  1. Two Sydney Rooster props leading the pack. Tetevano should be re-signed by the Rooster immediately now that Mitchell wants a million dollars a year.

    Today the Roosters took their 800k offer off the table so …..Bye Bye Mitchell. No more rep teams playing for dud clubs, enjoy the buzz of back to back comps because at 22yrs of age, he has played in his last grand final.

    Canterbury have come to their senses and realise Mitchell is not worth a million, the bloke will be lucky to get 700k. Will Souths come in now and offer Mitchell 850k?

    Mitchell is one full on troubled child, anyone who signs him up, signs up his troubled mind with all his outside family influences and a foolish manager.

    I hope the Roosters just move on now and the next superstar young Billy Smith will have a great season next year.
    Go the Roosters.

  2. In regards to Latrell it will be interesting to see what happens. The roosters removing the offer doesn’t necessarily mean he will be leaving. I think he has loads of potential left to see, but is immature and needs to have some more years on him before he really gets to his peak. It seems that the Bulldogs, Souths and Knights may get him if he doesn’t stay. For Souths, having Roberts and Mitchell seems like a worry, both are inconsistent and for the majority of games in the year don’t really do much – especially Roberts. Bulldogs he will be a write off I think, same with knights although maybe playing in his home town/city may give him a sense of pride he hasn’t felt before, maybe improving his form

  3. Kiwis should’ve also given Dylan Brown a go, kids an absolute gun. He can run, can kick, can pass he’s developing into the whole package

  4. Jior1800 his mob (relatives) back in his home town of Taree about 2hrs (180kms) north of Newcastle have got inside the young mans head. He is now a big head who thinks he is worth more than he actually is, thanks to them. They will destroy his career if he dosent grow up in a hurry and learn to make his own desisions like a man.

  5. BenHudson I wouldn’t be surprised if they had but also I’ve heard Mundine has been an ‘influence’ as well. Anyone associated to him usually spells trouble. Oh well

  6. Mitchell has backed himself into a corner with the guidance of a foolish manager. His family members have planted bad seeds into his mind and now it has come to this. Who in their right mind walks away from the best performing club over the past 10 years? Latrell Mitchell.

    “Ah well such is life”. I’m sure every manager that has a centre will be banging on the Roosters door over the next twelve months.

    The writing was on the wall earlier in the season, when the Roosters were looking at the sacked Newcastle centre who resigned with Cronulla recently.

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