Maguire era starts for Kiwis
Marsters and Jamayne Isaako over the safe choice of Jordan Kahu shows an attacking mindset, while all of the new players have been in strong form for their clubs.
They will bring plenty of energy and enthusiasm, but it will be up to veteran hooker Issac Luke and the leaders up front to channel that in the right direction.
Dropped from the World Cup squad, Luke has bounced back to be arguably the form hooker of the NRL in the first half of the season.
If the likes of Martin Taupau, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Nelson Asofa-Solomona can generate momentum around the ruck, he could come into his own out of dummy-half and create space for halves Kodi Nikorima and Te Maire Martin.
They will be put under immense pressure by a talented England side that includes Sam Burgess, James Graham and Gareth Widdop.
Maguire was not buying into underdog talk. ‘‘We’ll decide that when we play. We know we’ve got to work hard for the 80 minutes. You change history by going out and performing, and we’ve got the chance to do that now.’’
Michael Maguire talks to New Zealand players in Denver ahead of tomorrow’s test, the former Rabbitohs coach’s first game in charge of the Kiwis.