Nightingale and Waerea-Hargreaves out for NZ

Jason Nightingale and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves have been ruled out of the match against Australia in Coventry.

Both picked up injuries sustained in the opening 17-16 win over England, with Nightingale an ankle injury and Waerea-Hargreaves a knee complaint.
 
Replacing them are Gerard Beale  on the wing and Greg Eastwood  on the bench, with Adam Blair promoted to the starting lineup.
 
“It’s tough losing players of Nighty’s [Nightingale] and Jared’s [Waerea-Hargreaves] talent and experience,” Kiwis coach David Kidwell said.

“We are fortunate to have quality reinforcements who understand what international football is all about.”
 
Kidwell, who has been a strong advocate for the importance of team culture, has been impressed with the injured pair’s attitude.

“They are both terrific players and they are wonderful people. They have been terrific examples of what ‘Te Iwi Kiwi’ is all about.
 
“Both Bealy [Beale] and Beasty [Eastwood] have been pushing hard for spots all tour, as well as the young guys in the team. As a coach, it’s fantastic to know that everyone is working hard.

“I have complete confidence in all the players in our squad. That’s why they were picked.”

The full NZ Kiwis team is:
 
Number    Name    Club      Kiwi #
1    Jordan Kahu    Brisbane Broncos    790
2    Gerard Beale    Cronulla Sharks     767
3    Solomone Kata    NZ Warriors    797
4    Shaun Kenny-Dowall      Sydney Roosters    746
5    Jordan Rapana    Canberra Raiders    798
6    Thomas Leuluai    NZ Warriors    704
7    Shaun Johnson    NZ Warriors    774
8    Jesse Bromwich (c)    Melbourne Storm    775
9    Issac Luke    NZ Warriors    749
10    Adam Blair     Brisbane Broncos    732
11    Kevin Proctor    Melbourne Storm    771
12    Tohu Harris    Melbourne Storm    778
13    Jason Taumalolo    North Queensland Cowboys    786
14    Lewis Brown    Manly Sea Eagles    762
15    Martin Taupau    Manly Sea Eagles    785
16    Manu Ma’u    Parramatta Eels     795
17    Greg Eastwood    Canterbury Bulldogs    737
18    Joseph Tapine    Canberra Raiders    –
19    David Fusitu’a    NZ Warriors

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