Kiwis name three debutants for Test
Debutant ... Shaun Johnson of the Warriors. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand has named three new caps in its team for Friday's rugby league Test against the Kangaroos in Auckland.
Brisbane fullback Josh Hoffman and Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson make their debuts in the starting 13 and Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich is on the bench for the Eden Park clash.
In the team released last night, Jason Taumalolo was dropped from the squad of 19, with Gerard Beale the 18th man. Taumalolo's absence means Warriors' skipper Simon Mannering moves from the second row to the centres.
New Zealand squad to face Australia
1. Josh Hoffman (Brisbane Broncos). Photo: Getty Images
The Kiwis beat Australia in the finals of the 2008 World Cup and the 2010 Four Nations, but have not won the mid-year trans-Tasman encounter since their 22-16 victory at North Harbour Stadium in 1998 - the last time the match was staged in New Zealand.
■ NEW ZEALAND
Team: Josh Hoffman, Jason Nightingale, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Shaun Johnson, Sam McKendry, Issac Luke, Ben Matulino, Frank Pritchard, Adam Blair, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Nathan Fien, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jesse Bromwich, Alex Glenn. AAP