Rugby league: Kiwis announce squad for 2022 World Cup

Shaun Johnson had been hoping to play in a 3rd World Cup marketing campaign for the Kiwis. Photograph / Photosport

Shaun Johnson’s hopes of enjoying in a 3rd Rugby League World Cup have been dashed after his title was missed for the Kiwis’ event squad, introduced on Monday.

Johnson is one in every of a number of high-profile gamers on the New Zealand Warriors to not make the squad, with outdoors again Dallin Watene-Zelezniak its sole consultant after the membership skilled one other disappointing NRL season.

As an alternative, head coach Michael Maguire has opted to select gamers from groups which have skilled success in 2022 – the squad contains six gamers who took half in Sunday evening’s NRL Grand Ultimate.

Again-to-back NRL premiership winners James Fisher-Harris, Moses Leota and Scott Sorensen have been confirmed after making spectacular contributions in Penrith’s 28-12 victory over the Parramatta Eels in final evening’s 2022 NRL decider.

The Penrith gamers are joined by Dylan Brown, Isaiah Papali’i and Marata Niukore from the overwhelmed Eels facet.

“Choosing the squad for the World Cup was an actual problem given the standard of gamers in competition,” Maguire mentioned in an announcement.

“There have been some robust calls to make however we’re excited in regards to the group we have settled on.

“These gamers have all been spectacular for his or her golf equipment this season, not least James (Fisher-Harris), Moses (Leota) and Scott (Sorensen) who had been all excellent for Penrith within the grand closing.”

James Fisher-Harris has impressed for the title-winning Panthers in 2022. Photo / Photosport
James Fisher-Harris has impressed for the title-winning Panthers in 2022. Photograph / Photosport

One other function of the squad is the return of seasoned forwards Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Isaac Liu; plus fullback-centre Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad. Whereas Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs hooker Jeremy Marshall-King comes into the squad for the primary time since showing for the Kiwis on the World Nines in 2019.

The one new face within the squad is centre Sebastian Kris (23), who has scored 25 tries in his 44 NRL appearances for Canberra. Born in Brisbane, he’s of New Zealand descent by means of his Huntly-raised mom.

The Kiwis, minus the six grand closing gamers, assembled and skilled in Sydney final week earlier than the advance get together of 18 gamers plus employees flew to England on Friday.

The facet is predicated in Leeds this week for a warm-up match in opposition to the overwhelmed Tremendous League grand finalists the Rhinos at Headingley on Saturday evening. Three gamers are becoming a member of the Kiwis for a match which is able to function a farewell for Thomas Leuluai, who’s ending his exceptional 20-season profession after making his NRL debut as a 17-year-old with the Warriors in 2003.

The 37-year-old will lead the Kiwis in his final sport earlier than starting a training profession with Wigan and will likely be joined for the one-off match by Les Catalans centre Dean Whare, a 19-Check Kiwi from 2012-2017, and Wigan again rower Willie Isa.

The Kiwis’ opening pool match of the World Cup is in opposition to Lebanon in Warrington on October 16, adopted by Jamaica in Hull on October 22 and Eire in Leeds on October 28.

The quarter-finals are scheduled for November 4, 5 and 6, the semifinals on November 11 and 12 and the ultimate at Previous Trafford in Manchester on November 19.

Kiwis Rugby League World Cup Squad

Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jesse Bromwich, Kenneath Bromwich, Dylan Brown, James Fisher-Harris, Kieran Foran, Peta Hiku, Jahrome Hughes, Sebastian Kris, Moses Leota, Isaac Liu, Joseph Manu, Jeremy Marshall-King, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Briton Nikora, Marata Niukore, Isaiah Papali’i, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Scott Sorensen, Joseph Tapine, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.


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