RLWC2021 – New Zealand v Jamaica: Team news, how to watch on TV & predictions

Josh McAllister
New Zealand v Jamaica

Everything you need to know – New Zealand v Jamaica.

The world’s number #1 ranked team take on the Reggae Warriors this weekend, who are featuring in their first ever World Cup.

Michael Maguire’s Kiwis secured a 34-12 victory over Lebanon at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium in their opening game. Jamaica fell to a 48-2 defeat to Ireland in Leeds, with Huddersfield youngster Kieran Rush kicking a penalty goal and the side’s first ever World Cup points. 

Match details

  • New Zealand v Jamaica
  • Date: Saturday 22nd October
  • Kick-off time: 7.30pm
  • Venue: MKM Stadium, Hull
  • Group C

New Zealand v Jamaica team news

New Zealand 19-man squad: 1. Joseph Manu, 3. Marata Niukore, 4. Pete Hiku, 6. Dylan Brown, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Isaiah Papali’i, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 14. Kieran Foran, 15. Moses Leota, 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17. Briton Nikora, 19. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 20. Isaac Liu, 21. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 22. Jeremy Marshall-King, 23. Scott Sorensen, 24. Sebastian Kris. 

Jamaica 19-man squad: Ben Jones-Bishop, Mo Agoro, Joe Brown, James Woodburn-Hall, Kieran Rush, Michael Lawrence, Ashton Golding, AJ Wallace, Joel Farrell, Jordan Andrade, Keenen Tomlinson, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Bradley Ho, Greg Johnson, Chevaughn Bailey, Andrew Simpson, Ross Peltier, Marvin Thompson. 

What the two camps are saying

New Zealand boss Maguire said: “We’ve had a really good preparation from the back of the last game. The boys have been thorough throughout the week and looking forward to what we’ve spoken about coming out tomorrow.

“They’re an energetic group and they’re playing for their country, so they’ll come out with a lot of passion and fire.”

How can I watch the game on TV?

Every game across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup tournaments is being broadcast by the BBC.

New Zealand v Jamaica is being shown on the BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. 

READ: How to watch every Rugby League World Cup game on the BBC

Odds and predictions

As expected, New Zealand go into this game as overwhelming favourites with bookmakers Planet Sport Bet. Jamaica are priced at 33/1, with a draw at the same odds.

The odds say it all.

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