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Four to debut when Kiwis meet Samoa

Four to debut when Kiwis meet Samoa
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The New Zealand Kiwis have named their side for their first game of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup against Samoa in Auckland this Saturday.

The team includes centre Brad Takairangi  and interchange forwards Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Russell Packer , Isaac Liu  and Danny Levi, who will all play their first Tests for New Zealand.

Coach David Kidwell had no place for experienced prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves or gun standoff Te Maire Martin.

New Zealand side to face Samoa
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Gerard Beale
4. Brad Takairangi
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Martin Taupau
9. Thomas Leuluai
10. Adam Blair (c)
11. Kenny Browmich
12. Joseph Tapine
13. Simon Mannering
Interchange: 
14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
15. Russell Packer
16. Isaac Liu
17. Danny Levi