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.