Maguire era starts for Ki­wis

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

PHOTOSPORT

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.

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