New Zealand star ruled out of tonight’s clash with Lebanon

New Zealand Kiwis Michael Maguire PA

Hooker Jeremy Marshall-King has been called up to make his New Zealand debut after half-back Jahrome Hughes was ruled out of their World Cup opener against Lebanon.

The 28-year-old Hughes was ruled out after picking up a slight thigh strain in the Kiwis’ field session at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate near York on Thursday.

Veteran Kieran Foran will take Hughes’ place in the starting team, with the 26-year-old Marshall-King, younger brother of Kiwi great Benji Marshall, taking his place on the bench.

New Zealand coach reveals Jahrome Hughes blow

Coach Michael Maguire is confident Hughes will be available for his side’s second group match against Jamaica in Hull next Saturday.

“Jahrome picked up a slight strain in his quad and we’re being a bit cautious,” said Maguire.

“It’s quite exciting for a debutant playing his first game for the Kiwis. Jeremy has got so much in front of him and he’s been really good on tour.

“I got a text message from Benji this morning saying he was very proud of his brother.”

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