Internationals NZ to play GB in June

corey_old

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The NZRL announced on Saturday that the Kiwis will play Great Britain in a one-off match in the UK in June.

The fixture will be staged at Knowsley Road Stadium, home of Super League side St Helens, and has been awarded full test status by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).

All participating players will be awarded international caps by their respective governing bodies.

The match will be Great Britain's first during a domestic season since the one off test against Australia in Sydney in June 2002.

New Zealand Rugby League has confirmed their intention to select the strongest possible team with an obvious consideration being the impact of travel and time zone differences on NRL players.

New Zealand officials indicate that this is nothing new as they have always faced the same issue with regard to mid-season games played in the Southern Hemisphere.

The only difference with the New Zealand side to face Great Britain in June is likely to be the relative proportion of Northern and Southern Hemisphere based players.

This test will be "business as usual for the Kiwis" according to coach Brian McClennan, who points to the number and quality of New Zealanders playing on both sides of the globe.

Commenting on the news, the RFL's Executive Chairman Richard Lewis said:

"This test match against New Zealand will be an exciting and highly competitive event.

"It will provide the Great Britain team with a tremendously important and meaningful fixture which will greatly assist them in their preparations for the 2006 Tri-Nations tournament. It will also provide supporters with the only opportunity to see the Lions in action in the UK during the current domestic season".

Chairman of the NZRL Selwyn Bennett said: "We are delighted that the Kiwis will be playing this mid-season test against Great Britain and the match is sure to provide our players a fantastic opportunity to represent their country and play themselves into contention for the Tri-Nations".

"The immediate focus is firmly on the match against Australia on the fifth of May but this is a very exciting initiative that we hope will develop into an annual fixture," says Bennett.
 

IanR_old

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The "Kiwis".....Looks like GB are just trying to get a win over NZ in the books.
 

playdaball_old

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I do not agree with this match being granted test status as it is really only a NZ team selected from those currently playing in the ESL. This game will assist NZ with regard to selections, testing combinations, morale, strategy etc.
The only Warriors selected will be those from WIGAN.
 

madbaz_old

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Wonder if Morley will be selcted. Cant see Stuart letting him go if he misses any games.
 

Dazpom_old

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Wasn't there going to be a GB Vs an International Super League team, will this test be instead?
 

kiwi man_old

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Team of only ESL players.
1.M. Tony
2.F. Meli
3.V. Anderson
4.S. Hape
5.L. Vainikolo
6.R. Paul
7.S. Jones
8.J. Cayless
9.R. Swain
10.P. Rauhihi
11.A. Lauiti'iti
12.D. Solomona
13.M. Betham

14.W. Talau/H. Fa'afili
15.I. Paleasena
16.J. Vagana
17.W. Poching/L. Swann
 

Jesbass_old

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playdaball said:
I do not agree with this match being granted test status as it is really only a NZ team selected from those currently playing in the ESL. This game will assist NZ with regard to selections, testing combinations, morale, strategy etc.
The only Warriors selected will be those from WIGAN.

Why do you say that, playdaball? The original article states:

New Zealand Rugby League has confirmed their intention to select the strongest possible team with an obvious consideration being the impact of travel and time zone differences on NRL players.