2021 Rugby League World Cup

New Zealand Kiwis head coach Michael Maguire has made only one change to the side used against Mate Ma’a Tonga in June for Sunday’s opening Pool C Rugby League World Cup match against Lebanon at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium (7.30pm kick-off local time).

Returning in the centres is Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, who was used there in the 2019 Tests against Australia and Great Britain but missed the midseason clash against the Tongans.

Maguire’s 17-man line-up includes four players who featured in the NRL grand final with Penrith front rower James Fisher-Harris starting and fellow prop Moses Leota on the bench. Parramatta’s Dylan Brown is again at standoff and Isaiah Papali’i in the second row while Marata Niukore, who made his New Zealand debut in the centres against Tonga, is in the extended 19-man squad.

NZ KIWIS v LEBANON

Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Sunday 16 October 2022

SQUAD NOPLAYER’S NAMEHERITAGE NUMBER
1Joseph MANU# 815
2Ronaldo MULITALO# 824
21Charnze NICOLL-KLOKSTAD# 820
4Peta HIKU# 781
5Jordan RAPANA# 798
6Dylan BROWN# 826
7Jahrome HUGHES# 819
8Jesse BROMWICH (c)# 775
9Brandon SMITH# 816
10James FISHER-HARRIS# 801
11Isaiah PAPALI’I# 817
12Kenny BROMWICH# 796
13Joseph TAPINE# 800
14Kieran FORAN# 757
15Moses LEOTA# 827
16Nelson ASOFA-SOLOMONA# 804
17Briton NIKORA# 818
19Dallin WATENE-ZELEZNIAK# 794
3Marata NIUKORE# 825

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