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THIRD TEST PREVIEW | England vs New Zealand

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With England having already wrapped up the series, the third test could complete a hat-trick of victories for England or give the Kiwis a sense of pride before returning home.

 

SQUAD NEWS

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England coach Wayne Bennett has been forced to make four changes to his side that secured a Test victory in Liverpool last Sunday.

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Daryl Clark misses out after suffering a rib injury during last week’s win and Sam Tomkins has broken his hand so has been ruled out also.

George Burgess received a four-match ban after being found guilty of eye-gouging and Sean O’Loughlin has failed to recover from his calf injury.

Into the side come Joe Greenwood, Richie Myler, Reece Lyne and Stefan Ratchford, with Lyne set to miss out alongside Mark Percival again due to the form of Jake Connor and Oliver Gildart.

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Elliott Whitehead is set to make his 20th England appearance should he play.

England 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Jake Connor, Oliver Gildart, Jermaine McGillvary, George Williams, Richie Myler, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, James Graham (c), John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, Luke Thompson, Adam Milner, Tom Burgess, Joe Greenwood, Stefan Ratchford, Mark Percival, Reece Lyne.

 

New Zealand

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Jordan Rapana is out with a shoulder injury suffered last weekend at Anfield. He is replaced by Jamayne Isaako, playing in only his second NZ appearance.

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Coach Michael Maguire has confirmed he will hand a debut to Isaiah Papali’i. The Dally M Rookie of the Year comes onto the bench as Marty Taupau and James Fisher-Harris make way.

New Zealand 20-man squad: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (c), Ken Maumalo, Esan Marsters, Joseph Manu, Jamayne Isaako, Shaun Johnson, Kodi Nikorima, Jesse Bromwich, Brandon Smith, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Kevin Proctor, Isaac Liu, Adam Blair, Kenny Bromwich, Leeson Ah Mau, Isaiah Papali’i, Joseph Tapine, Jahrome Hughes, James Fisher-Harris, Gerard Beale.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

A win for England would give them a whitewash in this Test series. A 3-0 victory would give England a significant boost with the Rugby League World Cup coming in 2021. It’s been a series to introduce some new faces into the side but some of the senior players may not be there in three years time.

New Zealand are still going through a transitional period but don’t look too far off. They have pushed England in this series but not quite been able to get the points on the board. Having beaten Australia before coming over to England, we know that the top 3 nations are closer than ever. The Kiwis will be hoping to take some positives home with them with a victory in the final match.

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Sunday 11th November 2018

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds

Kick-off: 3.15pm

Referee: Gerard Sutton

 

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