After stopping over in Dubai en route, the New Zealand Kiwis have set up base in Manchester to prepare for the opening match of their three-Test series against England at KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday (October 27).

They’re counting down to their 17th series in the United Kingdom since 1908, a campaign which moves to Anfield in Liverpool for the second Test on November 4 and finishes at Elland Road in Leeds on November 10.

They had the first of two field sessions at the Wigan Warriors’ High Performance Training Centre on Sunday, familiar surroundings for Kiwi head coach Michael Maguire, who spent two seasons with Wigan in 2010 and 2011. The Kiwis will train there again on Wednesday.

Today the New Zealanders were at the Manchester City FC Academy before Maguire, captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jesse Bromwich and Kodi Nikorima travelled to Leeds for the series launch at Elland Road.

Following their impressive win over the Kangaroos at Mount Smart Stadium on October 13, the Kiwis began their trek north with a stop-off in Dubai where they mixed a desert safari with recovery sessions and a gruelling field workout in hot conditions at Dubai English Speaking College.