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Inu, Luke and Fa'alogo back for Kiwis World Cup clash vs PNG

Pirtek Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has recalled Krisnan Inu, Issac Luke and David Fa'alogo for Saturday night's World Cup clash against Papua New Guinea at Skilled Park in Robina.
Inu, Luke and Fa'alogo back for Kiwis World Cup clash vs PNG
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Pirtek Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has recalled Krisnan Inu, Issac Luke and David Fa'alogo for Saturday night's World Cup clash against Papua New Guinea at Skilled Park in Robina.

Inu, who played on the wing against Tonga on October 18, comes in at centre for the suspended Steve Matai while second rower Setaimata Sa returns to the starting line up for the injured Sika Manu (eye) with David Fa'alogo taking Sa's spot on the bench.

The only other change to the side that lost 6-30 to Australia in Sydney on Sunday night sees a swap in the dummy half option on the interchange bench, Issac Luke taking over from Dene Halatau.

While Inu, Luke and Fa'alogo all missed the official World Cup opener in Sydney, they not only played against Tonga 10 days ago but they also lined up for the All Golds against New Zealand Maori in New Plymouth on October 12.

"Suspension and injury have kept Steve and Sika out but it's a comfort for us that we have quality players to bring in like Kris and David," said Kearney.

"And Issac has kept pushing for a spot as well. It's a sign of the competition we have for places within the squad."

Kearney said the disappointment of the display against Australia had been dealt with.

"While the overall performance and the result itself weren't what we wanted, we were still encouraged by some areas of the match," he said.

"We've analysed that game and now it's time to move on to Papua New Guinea. This is a critical match for both sides.

"We'll need to show improvement and be right on our game to compete with the Kumuls. They were really impressive against England and we're certainly aware we are in for a tough night. We have to be ready for them."

England's Steve Ganson has been appointed as referee.

World Cup
Pirtek Kiwis V Papua New Guinea
Skilled Park, Robina
6.55pm, Saturday, November 1, 2008
Referee: Steve Ganson (England)

Pirtek Kiwis
1 Lance Hohaia
2 Sam Perrett
3 Krisnan Inu
4 Jerome Ropati
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Benji Marshall
7 Thomas Leuluai
8 Nathan Cayless (c)
9 Nathan Fien
10 Adam Blair
11 Simon Mannering
12 Setaimata Sa
13 Jeremy Smith

Interchange:
14 Issac Luke
15 Greg Eastwood
16 Sam Rapira
17 David Fa'alogo

18th Man: Jason Nightingale
19th Man: David Kidwell

Coach: Stephen Kearney

Squad details:

NATHAN CAYLESS - Captain
(Parramatta Eels)

Born: March 28, 1978
Height: 185cm
Weight: 106kg
Position: Prop
Junior Club: Wentworthville (Sydney)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 35 (1998-2008)
Test Points: 12 (3 tries)
NRL Games: 209 (1997-2008)

ADAM BLAIR
(Melbourne Storm)

Born: March 20, 1986
Height: 188cm
Weight: 106kg
Position: Prop
Junior Club: Northland rugby union
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 7 (2006-2008)
Test Points: 0
NRL Games: 51 (2006-2008)

GREG EASTWOOD
(Brisbane Broncos)

Born: March 10, 1987
Height: 183cm
Weight: 109kg
Position: Loose forward
Junior Club: Manurewa Marlins (Auckland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 5 (2007-2008)
Test Points: 0
NRL Games: 64 (2005-2008)

DAVID FA'ALOGO
(South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Born: September 9, 1980
Height: 180cm
Weight: 104kg
Position: Second row
Junior Club: Mt Albert (Auckland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 8 (2006-2008)
Test Points: 0
NRL Games: 118 (2003-2008)

NATHAN FIEN
(Warriors)

Born: August 1, 1979
Height: 172cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Halfback/hooker
Junior Club: Mt Isa Brothers (Queensland)
Other NRL Clubs: North Queensland (2000-2004)
Tests: 4 (2006-2008)
Test Points: 0
NRL Games: 187 (2000-2008)

LANCE HOHAIA
(Warriors)

Born: April 1, 1983
Height: 175cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Utility
Junior Club: Taniwharau (Waikato)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 13 (2002-2008)
Test Points: 20 (1 try, 8 goals)
First-grade Games: 120 (2002-2008)

KRISNAN INU
(Parramatta Eels)

Born: March 17, 1987
Height: 185cm
Weight: 98kg
Position: Centre/wing/fullback
Junior Club: Cabramatta (New South Wales)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 3 (2007-2008)
Test Points: 12 (6 goals)
NRL Games: 36 (2007-2008)

DAVID KIDWELL
(South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Born: April 23, 1977
Height: 188cm
Weight: 104kg
Position: Second row
Junior Club: Hornby Panthers (Christchurch)
Other Clubs: Adelaide (1997-1998), Parramatta (1999-2000),
Warrington (2001), Sydney Roosters (2002), Melbourne
(2003-2006)
Tests: 24 (1999-2006)
Test Points: 20 points (5 tries)
First-grade Games: 222 (1997-2008)
? First-grade games includes appearances for Warrington in English Super League

THOMAS LEULUAI
(Wigan Warriors)

Born: June 22, 1985
Height: 176cm
Weight: 85kg
Position: Halfback
Junior Club: Otahuhu (Auckland)
Other Clubs: Warriors (2003-2004), London Broncos (2005), Harlequins
(2005-2006)
Tests: 14 (2003-2008)
Test Points: 8 points (2 tries)
First-grade Games: 126 (2003-2008)
? First-grade games includes appearances for London Broncos, Harlequins and Wigan in English Super League

ISSAC LUKE
(South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Born: May 29, 1987
Height: 174cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Hooker
Junior Club: Hawera Hawks (Taranaki)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 2 (2008)
Test Points: 2 (1 goal)
NRL Games: 34 (2007-2008)

SIMON MANNERING
(Warriors)

Born: August 28, 1986
Height: 190cm
Weight: 103kg
Position: Second row/Loose forward
Junior Club: Wellington Orcas (Wellington)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 14 (2006-2008)
Test Points: 4 (1 try)
NRL Games: 77 (2005-2008)

BENJI MARSHALL
(Wests Tigers)

Born: February 25, 1985
Height: 182cm
Weight: 92kg
Position: Halfback/standoff
Junior Club: Keebra Park (Queensland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 5 (2005-2008)
Test Points: 10 (2 tries, 1 goal)
NRL Games: 80 (2003-2008)

JASON NIGHTINGALE
(St George Illawarra Dragons)

Born: September 20, 1986
Height: 183cm
Weight: 91kg
Position: Winger
Junior Club: Renown United (Sydney)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 2 (2008)
Test Points: 8 (2 tries)
NRL Games: 40 (2007-2008)

SAM PERRETT
(Sydney Roosters)

Born: May 14, 1985
Height: 182cm
Weight: 92kg
Position: Fullback/wing
Junior Club: Burleigh Bears (Queensland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 7 (2007-2008)
Test Points: 4 (1 try)
NRL Games: 70 (2004-2008)

SAM RAPIRA
(Warriors)

Born: April 8, 1987
Height: 184cm
Weight: 105kg
Position: Prop
Junior Club: Hukanui (Waikato)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 8 (2007-2008)
Test Points: 0
NRL Games: 63 (2006-2008)

JEROME ROPATI
(Warriors)

Born: November 23, 1984
Height: 176cm
Weight: 94kg
Position: Centre/Standoff
Junior Club: Marist Saints (Auckland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 6 (2005-2008)
Test Points: 24 (6 tries)
NRL Games: 91 (2003-2008)

SETAIMATA SA
(Sydney Roosters)

Born: September 14, 1987
Height: 190cm
Weight: 101kg
Position: Centre/second row
Junior Club: Papanui Tigers (Christchurch)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 3 (2008)
Test Points: 4 (1 try)
NRL Games: 46 (2006-2008)

JEREMY SMITH
(Melbourne Storm)

Born: April 14, 1980
Height: 184cm
Weight: 100kg
Position: Second row
Junior Club: Runaway Bay (Queensland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 8 (2007-2008)
Test Points: 6 (3 goals)
NRL Games: 67 (2004-2008)

MANU VATUVEI
(Warriors)

Born: March 4, 1986
Height: 189cm
Weight: 112kg
Position: Wing
Junior Club: Otara Scorpions (Auckland)
Other NRL Clubs: Nil
Tests: 12 (2006-2007)
Test Points: 24 (6 tries)
NRL Games: 75 (2004-2008)


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