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Australia v New Zealand Anzac Test - Kiwis bring in new faces for Anzac Test

New Zealand have named their squad ahead of Friday’s Anzac Test against Australia with quite a few new faces on show.

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Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney named his 18-man squad to face the Kangaroos in Sydney with just five players who featured in the World Cup Final.


Head coach Stephen Kearney of New Zealand. (Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

The Kiwis were destroyed and embarrassed by Australia in the World Cup Final at Old Trafford last November as they went down 34-2 ad Kearney wants to see who really wants to play for their country.


Shaun Johnson of the Warriors looks to offload the ball. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

From the World Cup Final defeat only captain Simon Mannering, wing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, centre Dean Whare, halfback Shaun Johnson and Jesse Bromwich keep their spots, as Keaney as opted to name six newcomers.

The new faces include full-back Peta Hiku, five-eighth Isaac John, utility Ben Henry, hooker Siliva Havili, and props Martin Taupau and Kenny Bromwich.

Kearney has every confidence in his new look side despite not yet knowing which players will play in what positions.

He said: “We haven't 100 per cent made our minds up who will be in what position as yet.. 
"A lot of our attacking raids will come from different areas of the park, it won't necessarily come from the nines."

The squad also features the return of some familiar faces in Adam Blair, Jason Nightingale and Gerard Beale.

New Zealand squad to face Australia:

Gerard Beale, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Kenneath Bromwich, Greg Eastwood,  Tohu Harris, Siliva Havili, Ben Henry, Peta Hiku, Isaac John, Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering, Sam Moa, Jason Nightingale, Kevin Proctor, Martin Taupau, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare 


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