Junior Kiwi Joseph Tapine's elevation to the Newcastle Knights' first-grade line-up has captured the attention of Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney over the past couple of weeks.
NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has added experience to his interchange for their crucial Four Nations encounter with England at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr on Saturday.
Utility Thomas Leuluai and forward Greg Eastwood will come back into the playing line-up after sitting out last week's 14-12 nailbiter over Toa Samoa. They will replace Lewis Brown, who fills the 18th man spot, and Suaia Matagi.
It means, most likely, you won't get to dress for the game. You'll be watching powerless from the stands, as your brothers bleed for the cause.
But if you're a Kiwis fan, #18 is about as close as you can get to the real action.
The NZ Kiwis want their fans to be our #18 during the upcoming Four Nations tournament.
If you were missing your rugby league don't worry, The Rugby League Four Nations Double Header kicks off this Saturday afternoon. For those of us in Australia who can't make it to Suncorp Stadium the games are being covered by GEM and Channel 9. So fill the fridge with beer get the swear jar ready and strap yourself in for what is going to be a very brutal 4 Hours of International Rugby League.
The Rugby League Four Nations will be shown on TV stations around the world and via live web feeds. Channel 9 and Gem will be covering Four Nations games in Australia. The BBC are the official broadcasting partner in the UK and will cover games England play. All games will also be shown live on Premier Sports.
(New Zealand (Sky Sport), Malaysia (Astro), France (beIN Sport), Canada (Rogers Sportsnet), United States (Fox Soccer Plus), United Kingdom (BBC Radio Five & Premier Sports), Ireland (Premier Sports), South East Asia – Ex Malaysia and South Korea (Setanta Sport), The Middle East: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, West Bank (Orbit Showtime)
Below is the 2014 Rugby League Four Nations Time Zone guide covering not only the main nations but also those nations taking part in the 2014 Rugby League Four Nations. It has been made nice and simple so it's easy to print.
Super League Coach of the Year Daryl Powell is pleased with the way England performed against Samoa and believes that the game against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday will be another close encounter.
The Castleford Tigers coach is looking for another big performance from England’s forwards as they take on a much lighter Australian pack who are out to impress their coach Tim Sheens and avoid failing to reach a major final for the first time since 1954.
By John Davidson. Date: 8/11/14
England will be preying for a Samoa win over Australia after New Zealand secured a great two-point victory in Dunedin.
The European side threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Kiwis but couldn’t get the vital result it needed to ensure their place in the Four Nations final. If Samoa can upset the Kangaroos then England will advance to the decider.
Vodafone Warriors prop Suaia Matagi is poised to play his first test for the NZ Kiwis against his old team-mates, Toa Samoa, at Whangarei's Toll Stadium on Saturday.
Showing utmost respect for the Samoans, who went close to upsetting England in their Four Nations opener last Saturday, coach Stephen Kearney has stuck largely to the line-up that defeated Australia 30-12 in Brisbane.
Supporters are being encouraged to ensure the 2014 Four Nations is the best-attended Four Nations ever with a strong showing in the final between New Zealand and Australia in Wellington on Saturday night.
This year’s tournament, which will conclude with the final at Westpac Stadium, can already lay claim to the highest aggregate attendance for the group stages. The six pool matches involving New Zealand, Australia, England and Samoa recorded an aggregate attendance of 119,603, beating the previous record of 101,207 in 2010.
Smith: Mayday! Mayday! I need help. My forwards have lost power and we can't go forward, over.
Sheens: Divert all backup power to the backs and stay the course, over.
Smith: Mayday! Mayday! Backup power diverted but now going sidewards and we have lost two engines, over.
Sheens: Eject! Eject! Eject!