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.
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.
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
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.
Canterbury Bulls have scored a seven try to two over the
Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in the Pirtex National Premiership final at
Mt Smart Stadium.
The Junior Kiwis showed great resolve in their annual showdown
with the Junior Kangaroos, coming out on top 15-14 in an absolute
nail-biter at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.
West Tigers forward Bodene Thompson has received a late call-up
for the NZ Kiwis' Four Nations campaign, after prop Sam Moa
withdrew due to family illness.
When the NZ Kiwis run onto Whangarei's Toll Stadium for
their Four Nations clash with Toa Samoa on November 1, they will
pay homage to their own Pacific Island roots in the form of the Te
Iwi Kiwi jersey.
In a new twist on an old theme, New Zealand Rugby League
and DB Breweries have entered into a commercial sponsorship for the
purpose of encouraging healthier drinking habits in the sporting
After the dust has settled, Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions have emerged
as opponents for Canterbury Bulls in tomorrow night's Pirtek NZRL
National Premiership final.