Nightingale in for injured Vatuvei

New Zealand have named their line-up for the World Cup semi-final against England at Wembley on Saturday.

Jason Nightingale comes in on the wing in place of an injured Manu Vatuvei, while there are also starts for Kevin Locke at full-back and Sam Kasiasno.

Vatuvei picked up a groin strain during the quarter-final victory over Scotland, while Locke has been battling with Josh Hoffman for the number one jersey all tournament.

Coach Stephen Kearney said: “I thought Kevin had a really good match last week.For this game, I thought this was the best choice for the group. He deserved the opportunity.

“Manu hasn’t run at all this week. There was a chance that he could’ve been right for Saturday, but we would’ve had to wait right up until the last minute. 

“With what’s at stake, I wanted to give Jason Nightingale a full week’s preparation on the wing, so he could get his mind around playing. I know Jason is a tremendous footballer and it’s certainly hard to leave him off your team list when you’re picking a team. He’ll do a wonderful job for us.”

19-man squad: Kevin Locke, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dean Whare, Bryson Goodwin, Jason Nightingale, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Isaac Luke, Jesse Bromwich, Frank Pritchard, Sonny Bill Williams, Simon Mannering, Frank-Paul Nu’uausala, Sam Kasiano, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor, Sam Moa, Alex Glenn.

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