Internationals Kiwis Team Announced

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Stacey Jones Back For The Kiwis
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08/06/2006
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The 'little general' Stacey Jones will once again take the field for the Kiwis after being named in the squad to play Great Britain on June 27.

Coach Brian McClennan has picked the Kiwis talisman in his 22 man squad despite the fact that he has seen little game time after breaking his arm whilst playing for the French Catalans Dragons in February.

The Kiwis side to face Great Britain at Knowsley Road Stadium is largely made up of UK based players with the exception of Greg Eastwood from the Broncos, David Kidwell from the Storm, Fui Fui Moi Moi from the Eels, Iosia Soliola from the Roosters and the Warriors' Clinton Toopi.

Five players will be omitted from the squad the week before the match.

McClennan is taking the opportunity to look at a cross section of New Zealand players and resisted the temptation to pick Kiwis stars such as Sonny-Bill Williams and Benji Marshall for the match.

He is looking at players with the end of year Tri-Nations matches and the 2008 World Cup in mind.

The Kiwis squad: Vinnie Anderson (St Helens), Jason Cayless (St Helens), Alex Chan (Catalans), Greg Eastwood (Brisbane), Henry Fa'afili (Warrington), Harrison Hanson (Wigan), Shontayne Hape (Bradford), Stacey Jones (Catalans), David Kidwell (Melbourne), Ali Lauiti'iti (Leeds), Francis Meli (St Helens), Fui Fui Moi Moi (Parramatta), Iafeta Palea'aesina (Wigan), Robbie Paul (Huddersfield), Ben Roberts (Canterbury), David Solomona (Wakefield), Iosia Soliola (Sydney), Logan Swann (Warrington), Willie Talau (St Helens), Motu Tony (Hull), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Leslie Vainikolo (Bradford)
 

danco_old

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stacey has had 2 excellent games since he has been back from a broken arm, scored a try in both matches and helpes with other trys,he played just like his old self last weekend even so they were well beaton by st helens/
 

Tajhay_old

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thats a fairly decent team.

interesting to note that greg eastwoods brother has opted to play for aus, yet he wants to play for nz. respect.
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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Would rather have Greg any day. And anyway i read something recently where he claimed he would play for NZ
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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Would rather have Greg any day. And anyway i read something recently where he claimed he would play for NZ
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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From looking at this list, id play:

1. Fa'afili ?
2. Vainakolo
3. Hape
4. Soilola
5. Meli
6. Robbie Paul
7. Jones
8. Chan
9. Tony
10. Paleasina
11. Ali
12. Solomona
13. Kidwell

14. Moi Moi
15. Roberts
16. Eastwood
17. Cayless

18. Hanley

I think its crucial we get these young talents signed, sealed and delivered as Kiwis, in particular Eastwood, Roberts and Moi Moi
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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That's pretty good. Hopefully we'll be very competitive in the test match
 

scottyb_old

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thats a stronger squad than i thought we would get. Should push the pom's all the way, i cant wait to see it
 

warriors4life_old

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Who's this Harrison Hanson guy, never heard of him. So Toopi did get released after all of that. I hope Stace can stand up for the Kiwis, glad to see him back in black again.
 

Northern_Union

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Harrison hanson is Shane Hansons son. He's a kiwi that played through the mid 80's and 90's. As far as i know Shane Hanson Never played for the Kiwis but played a test for Tonga if i'm not mistaken. Through his dad he had the choice of either playing for the Kiwis or GB.
 

Iafeta_old

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Good to see him pick New Zealand. I think it's one of the Sorenson's boys who've been pushed by their old man to play for Australia due to being brought up there???? Can't remember.

Didn't realise Ben Roberts is a Kiwi - he's a good prospect.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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scottyb said:
thats a stronger squad than i thought we would get. Should push the pom's all the way, i cant wait to see it

Me too, should be a good game to watch.
 

Utai_old

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Good thinking to pick Ben Roberts and to a lesser degree Eastwood before it became a situation like the past cases of borderline kiwis such as Tahu, Mason and Hunt. If this becomes an annual event we should use it to help prevent any more defections and pick up all those fringe kiwis by selecting for this match of lesser importance.
 

Robster_old

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Good to see Ben Roberts picked, am I the only one which thought he wasn't a kiwi?
 

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