League or union - the eternal debate.
The two rival codes are set for another war of words, but this
time under the control of radio sports expert Tony Veitch, as an
all-star cast defends our good name against the "other" game at
Dunedin's Glenroy Auditorium on November 7.
That's the eve of the big NZ Kiwis v England Four Nations clash
at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
In "League v Union - The Great Debate", Sir Peter Leitch (aka
The Mad Butcher) will lead a league team of former Kiwi Tony Iro
and Rugby League International Federation chairman Nigel Wood that
is well equipped to expound the virtues of our great game.
With sporting memorabilia and fantastic prizes up for auction,
there will be plenty of opportunities to contribute to two great
causes - the League For Life Foundation and New Zealand Rugby
Tickets are available at $145 each or a table of 10 for $1350,
which includes a two-course meal, refreshments and
You can book tickets by phone (03 479 2823), email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or in person at Forsyth Barr reception (Gate J).
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NZ Kiwis utility Gerard Beale will replace injured Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak on the wing for the Saturday's Four Nations opener
against Australia in Brisbane.
And Brisbane Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman has joined the squad,
after the teenage sensation was ruled out of the campaign with a
broken bone in his foot.
Yesterday, Watene-Zelezniak was named to debut at Suncorp
Stadium, subject to fitness test on his injured foot and further
tests showed the suspected sprain was actually a break.
"He's obviously very disappointed and we're gutted for the young
lad," says Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney. "Dallin has already been a
wonderful contributor to the early stages of our campaign with his
energy and enthusiasm.
"But he's a special talent and at this stage of his career, we
need to be very careful to take care of him.
"Dallin's now had a taste of what it's like to be a Kiwi and I
think we'll see him play many tests for us going forward."
The amended Kiwis line-up against Australia is:
New Zealand:1-Peta Hiku, 2-Jason Nightingale,
3-Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 4-Dean Whare, 19-Gerard Beale, 6-Kieran
Foran, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Jesse Bromwich, 9-Thomas Leuluai, 10-Adam
Blair, 11-Simon Mannering (captain), 12-Kevin Proctor, 13-Jason
Taumalolo, 14-Lewis Brown, 15-Greg Eastwood, 16-Martin Taupau,
17-Tohu Harris, 18-Suaia Matagi
NZ Univerities coach Kenny
O'Brien has chosen a team of good youth and experience from more
than 60 nominations to play the South Island as a curtainraiser to
the Kiwis v England Four Nations test next month.
"In the end, he has chosen an
exciting young team," says NZ Universities Tertiary Students Rugby
League Council chairman Rodney Moore.
The team includes four players -
Dexter Buchanan, Marrin Haggie, Denzil Hokianga and Nicholas Read -
who went to England last year as part of the New Zealand Student
World Cup side.
The remaining 14 players will
all be making their New Zealand Universities & Tertiary
Students representative debut from eight different university and
tertiary institutions, including six from the Auckland University
Moore says the game is
especially significant for the team, given that Dunedin is the
spiritual home of student league in New Zealand, where the first
university club was formed 60 years ago, along with being the city
where the first ever New Zealand Universities side played in
The team captain will be named
when the team assembles in Dunedin on November 6.
The squad in alphabetical
surname order is:
Coach: Kenny O'Brien
Manager: David Marsh
Event manager: Marama Puketapu (Wellington)
Trainer: Johnny Herewini (Dunedin)
Blockbusting forward Jason Taumalolo and teenage wing Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak have been named for their NZ Kiwis debuts in the
2014 Four Nations opener against Australia at Brisbane's Suncorp
Coach Stephen Kearney has also re-united Keiran Foran and Shaun
Johnson in the halves, with veteran utility Thomas Leuluai starting
Watene-Zelezniak's inclusion is subject to a fitness test on a
foot injury picked up in training early this week. He continues a
proud family tradition in the Kiwis - great-grandfather Steve
Watene is a former national team captain and lends his name to the
NZ Player of the Year award.
"Dallin is an exciting young prospect, who we think will play
many tests for the Kiwis in the future," says Kearney. "He'll be
looking for to this opportunity to step up to the next level, but
we'll have to wait and see how his foot mends up."
Taumalolo finally gets his chance to take the field for the
Kiwis, after filling a non-playing role at the 2012 Anzac Test.
"His performances over the past year, but particularly over the
last two months of the NRL, have been very consistent," says
"Jason's always been there or thereabouts. He had an opportunity
to get picked for the Anzac Test before he injured a shoulder and
he's also been a Junior Kiwi."
Utility Lewis Brown also returns to the side, coming off the
bench, after a three-year absence.
"I feel like this group has a good balance about it and we've
certainly trained very well over the last couple of days, so you
can feel the combinations starting to come together." says
Saturday, October 25
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
England: 1-Sam Tomkins, 2-Josh Charnley,
3-Kallum Watkins, 4-Michael Shenton, 5-Ryan Hall, 6-Gareth Widdop,
7- Matty Smith, 8-George Burgess, 9-Josh Hodgson, 10-James Graham
(captain), 11-Liam Farrell, 12-Joel Tomkins, 13-Joe Westerman,
14-Daryl Clark, 15-Brett Ferres, 16-Tom Burgess, 17-Chris Hill
Samoa: 1-Tim Simona, 2-Antonio Winterstein,
3-Ricky Leutele, 4-Joey Leilua, 5-Daniel Vidot, 6-Ben Roberts,
7-Kyle Stanley, 8-Sam Tagaetese, 9-Michael Sio, 10-David Fa'alogo,
11-Frank Pritchard, 12- Leeson Ah Mau,
13-Josh McGuire, 14-Pita Godinet, 15-Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16-Isaac
Liu, 17-Mose Masoe, 18-Dunamis Lui
Referee - Gerard Sutton, touch - Jason Walsh, Anthony
Elliot, video - Henry Perenara
New Zealand: 1-Peta Hiku, 2-Jason Nightingale,
3-Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 4-Dean Whare, 5-Dallin Watene-Zelezniak,
6-Kieran Foran, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Jesse Bromwich, 9-Thomas
Leuluai, 10-Adam Blair, 11-Simon Mannering (captain), 12-Kevin
Proctor, 13-Jason Taumalolo, 14-Lewis Brown, 15-Greg Eastwood,
16-Martin Taupau, 17-Tohu Harris, 18-Suaia Matagi
Australia: 1-Greg Inglis, 2-Josh Mansour,
3-Michael Jennings, 4-Dylan Walker, 5-Daniel Tupou, 6-Daly
Cherry-Evans, 7-Cooper Cronk, 8-Aaron Woods, 9-Cameron Smith
(captain), 10-Sam Thaiday, 11-Beau Scott, 12-Ryan Hoffman, 13-Greg
Bird, 14-Robbie Farah, 15-Aidan Guerra, 16-Josh Papalii, 17-Corey
Parker, 18-Boyd Cordner, 19-David Klemmer, 20-Sione Mata'utia
Referee - Phil Bentham, touch - Robert Hicks, Grant Atkins,
video - Ian Smith
David Long, Stuff
There's none of that panicking around the Kiwis camp this week
that's usually there before a big game in Australia.
For the Anzac test each April, Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has
to cram in as much as he can in the two training sessions he gets,
but with a longer lead-in time, the team have settled in well on
the Gold Coast in preparation for Sunday's test against the
Kangaroos in Brisbane.
So much so that, after a strenuous 100-minute training session
yesterday, they boys were let off the leash to try out the rides at
the Dreamworld theme park with the 19-year-old sensation Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak the keenest to try out the stomach churning ride,
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