Nikorima To Play Utility Role

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Updated: November 15, 2017

TE MAIRE Martin has been given the nod ahead of Kodi Nikorima for New Zealand’s Rugby League World Cup quarter final.

Nikorima will play a utility role off the bench, while Kiwi hooker Thomas Leualai is out of the team beaten by Tonga last weekend.

He has been replaced by Danny Levi for Saturday’s eliminator against Fiji.

“Those changes are made because we think this is the best team to take us forward for the game against Fiji,” Kiwis’ coach David Kidwell said.

“The young fella in Danny Levi – over the last three games and what we have seen, we as coaches, think he deserves his starting spot.

“Bringing Te Maire Martin into the starting team – his form showed in the Scotland game and we put Kodi Nikorima on the bench to cover the nine, seven and also fullback.”

Kidwell said his side needed to play smarter and Martin at five-eighth would help.

“I thought we had the toughness against Tonga but we just needed the smarts,” Kidwell said.

“I thought we were missing that in the game against Tonga, particularly with the push around the footy.

“We thought he did that very well against Scotland.

“We are looking to utilise his speed and obviously his direction of the team.”

New Zealand

1    Roger TUIVASA-SHECK

2    Dallin WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

3    Dean WHARE

4    Bradley TAKAIRANGI

5    Jordan RAPANA

6    Te Maire MARTIN 

7    Shaun JOHNSON

8    Martin TAUPAU

9    Danny LEVI

10   Jared WAEREA-HARGREAVES

11   Simon MANNERING

12   Joseph TAPINE

13   Adam BLAIR (c)

14   Nelson ASOFA-SOLOMONA

15   Russell PACKER

16   Isaac LIU

17   Kodi NIKORIMA

18   Kenny BROMWICH

19   Jason NIGHTINGALE

20   Peta HIKU

21   Addin FONUA-BLAKE

Source: http://www.broncos.com.au/news/2017/11/15/nikorima_to_play_uti.html





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