New Zealand will enter the Gillette Four Nations without eight key players who have been ruled out through injury.
Coach Stephen Kearney will announce his 23-man squad for the tournament on Monday 5th October.
“While it’s obviously disappointing when players are unavailable, it’s also a reality when you’re dealing with a competition that’s as tough as the NRL,” said Kearney.
“We lost a lot of players who were in contention for the World Cup last year but we still had a very committed group of players who were desperate to represent New Zealand and had a real belief. It’s exactly the same now.”