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Kiwis name extended World Cup and "Notable Players" Squads

Published by NZRL
07 Oct 2021

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is pleased to announce the Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup Wider Squad.
 
Despite the absence of international football over the last two years, 2022 will be the busiest international calendar in recent time, as NZRL work towards a June Pacific Test and Trans-Tasman clash, all before the October 2022 World Cup campaign.
 
After his impressive club season, Premiership-winning Panther and Dally M Prop of the Year, James Fisher-Harris unsurprisingly made the list, as did Dally M Backrower of the Year and Eels' golden buy, Isaiah Papali'i. Papali'i is joined by fellow Parramatta playmakers Dylan Brown and Marata Niukore.
 
Star Rooster's centre Joey Manu had one of his best seasons with 12 line breaks, ten tries and 141 metres per game. He joins veteran Kiwi prop and Roosters teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who made 1280 post-contact metres in 23 appearances for 2021.
 
Melbourne's Reimis Smith locked in his selection with 14 tries this year, as he joins a plethora of Kiwi Storm talent, including standout half Jahrome Hughes, who was instrumental in a well-oiled Melbourne side that ran rampant throughout 2021.
 
Corey Harawira-Naera returns after a dominant performance in his first full season at Canberra, and departing Shark Shaun Johnson is joined by Cronulla teammates Ronaldo Mulitalo, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Briton Nikora.
 
Fresh names to join the frame include Bronco's back-rower and former Junior Kiwis captain Jordan Riki, who enters the squad after a solid debut season. Titan's Hooker and former Manurewa Marlin Erin Clark gets the call up alongside dynamic youngster Josh Schuster and Waikato born Morgan Harper after a breakthrough seasons with Manly.
 
"We have listed this wider squad, so players are aware that the upcoming preseason and following season creates an enormous opportunity for them and this Kiwis team", says Head Coach Michael Maguire.
 
"International football has been a challenge," Maguire adds. "But the player's enthusiasm to represent their country is as strong as ever; there's no question as to how much this jersey means to them, and their eagerness to play has never wavered. The senior players set a strong foundation and have their eyes focused on the 2022 World Cup."
 
The 2021 season saw many Kiwi eligible players stamp their mark on the NRL, encouraging selectors to name a 'Notable Players' list that Head Coach Maguire has deemed "the future of the Kiwis team."
 
"With the football that our younger players have played, we have created a list of players that, with a little more experience, could be the future of this team," says Maguire.
 
"I am sure we will unearth some new Kiwi talent in the next 12 months, and we may even uncover more current names not listed. Nevertheless, this depth is encouraging.
 
"This year, we have watched many New Zealand players have their best seasons yet. Now with that experience, coupled with the new generation of talent coming through - it is an exciting time to be a Kiwi."

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP WIDER SQUAD 
 

NO

NAME (In Alphabetical Order By Surname)

2021 NRL CLUB

1

Josh ALOIAI

Manly Sea Eagles

2

Nelson ASOFA-SOLOMONA

Melbourne Storm

3

Jesse BROMWICH

Melbourne Storm

4

Kenny BROMWICH

Melbourne Storm

5

Dylan BROWN

Parramatta Eels

6

Erin CLARK

Gold Coast Titans

7

James FISHER-HARRIS

Penrith Panthers

8

Kieran FORAN

Manly Sea Eagles

9

Braden HAMLIN-UELE

Cronulla Sharks

10

Corey HARAWIRA-NAERA

Canberra Raiders

11

Morgan HARPER

Manly Sea Eagles

12

Tohu HARRIS

Vodafone Warriors

13

Chanel HARRIS-TAVITA

Vodafone Warriors

14

Peta HIKU

Vodafone Warriors

15

Jahrome HUGHES

Melbourne Storm

16

Jamayne ISAAKO

Brisbane Broncos

17

Shaun JOHNSON

Cronulla Sharks

18

Isaac LIU

Sydney Roosters

19

Joseph MANU

Sydney Roosters

20

Jeremy MARSHALL-KING

Canterbury Bulldogs

21

Ken MAUMALO

Wests Tigers

22

Ronaldo MULITALO

Cronulla Sharks

23

Charnze NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

Canberra Raiders

24

Briton NIKORA

Cronulla Sharks

25

Kodi NIKORIMA

Vodafone Warriors

26

Marata NIUKORE

Parramatta Eels

27

Isaiah PAPALII

Parramatta Eels

28

Kevin PROCTOR

Gold Coast Titans

29

Jordan RAPANA

Canberra Raiders

30

Jordan RIKI

Brisbane Broncos

31

Joshua SCHUSTER

Manly Sea Eagles

32

Bailey SIMONSSON

Canberra Raiders

33

Brandon SMITH

Melbourne Storm

34

Reimis SMITH

Melbourne Storm

35

Joseph TAPINE

Canberra Raiders

36

Jazz TEVAGA

Vodafone Warriors

37

Jared WAEREA-HARGREAVES

Sydney Roosters

38

Dallin WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

Vodafone Warriors

 



KIWI ELIGIBLE / NOTABLE PLAYERS LIST

 

NO

NAME (In Alphabetical Order By Surname)

2021 NRL CLUB

1

Brad ABBEY

Sydney Roosters

2

Caleb AEKINS

Canberra Raiders

3

Bunty AFOA

Vodafone Warriors

4

Tom ALE

Vodafone Warriors

5

Jesse ARTHARS

Brisbane Broncos

6

Daejarn ASI

North Queensland Cowboys

7

Rocco BERRY

Vodafone Warriors

8

Shawn BLORE

Wests Tigers

9

Cassisus COWLEY

Wynnum Manly Sea Eagles

10

Haze DUNSTER

Parramatta Eels

11

Herman ESE'ESE

Newcastle Knights

12

Raymond FAITALA-MARINER

Canterbury Bulldogs

13

Jackson FERRIS

Cronulla Sharks

14

Wiremu GREIG

Parramatta Eels

15

Lani GRAHAM-TAUFA

Sydney Roosters

16

Moala GRAHAM-TAUFA

Sydney Roosters

17

Patrick HERBERT

Gold Coast Titans

18

Mawene HIROTI

Cronulla Sharks

19

Peter HOLA

North Queensland Cowboys

20

Hymel HUNT

Newcastle Knights

21

Isaiya KATOA

Penrith Panthers

22

Sione KATOA

Cronulla Sharks

23

Oregon KAUFUSI

Parramatta Eels

24

Asu KEPAOA

Wests Tigers

25

Kina KEPU

Vodafone Warriors

26

Lingi KEPU

Vodafone Warriors

27

Sebastian KRIS

Canberra Raiders

28

Spencer LENIU

Penrith Panthers

29

Moses LEOTA

Penrith Panthers

30

Danny LEVI

Brisbane Broncos

31

Sam LISONE

Gold Coast Titans

32

Christian MA'ANAIMA

Newcastle Knights

33

Esan MARSTERS

Gold Coast Titans

34

Steven MARSTERS

South Sydney Rabbitohs

35

Greg MARZHEW

Gold Coast Titans

36

Isaac MATALAVEA-BOOTH

Brisbane Broncos

37

Sione MOALA

Canberra Raiders

38

Jeremiah NANAI

North Queensland Cowboys

39

Griffin NEAME

North Queensland Cowboys

40

Taniela OTUKOLO

Vodafone Warriors

41

Jaxson PAULO

South Sydney Rabbitohs

42

Hayze PERHAM

Parramatta Eels

43

Emry PERE

North Queensland Cowboys

44

Adam POMPEY

Vodafone Warriors

45

Nathaniel ROACHE

Parramatta Eels

46

TC ROBATI

Brisbane Broncos

47

Simi SASAGI

Newcastle Knights

48

Tuki SIMPKINS

Wests Tigers

49

Toafofoa SIPLEY

Manly Sea Eagles

50

Siosifa TALAKAI

Cronulla Sharks

51

Murray TAULAGI

North Queensland Cowboys

52

Tukupa-Ke Hau TAPUHA

Sydney Roosters

53

Zane TETEVANO

Leeds Rhinos

54

Matthew TIMOKO

Canberra Raiders

55

Starford TOA

Newcastle Knights

56

Jackson TOPINE

Canterbury Bulldogs

57

Christian TUIPULOTU

Manly Sea Eagles

58

Paul TURNER

Vodafone Warriors

59

Christopher VEAILA

Newcastle Knights

60

Naufahu WHYTE

Sydney Roosters

61

Jack WILLIAMS

Cronulla Sharks

62

Xavier WILLISON

Brisbane Broncos


 




 

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