11 Oct 2016

Kata, Rapana to debut for Kiwis

5:53 pm on 11 October 2016

Warriors star centre Solomone Kata and Canberra Raiders wing Jordan Rapana will make their Kiwis debut on Saturday night when New Zealand takes on Australia in a one-off rugby league Test in Perth.

Solomone Kata scores a try for the
Warriors in their loss to Wests Tigers.

Solomone Kata scores a try for the Warriors. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The pair have been selected in the starting line-up by new head coach David Kidwell, in a 19-man team that includes seven changes from side that lost 16-0 to the Kangaroos in the Anzac Test in May.

Among those changes is the return of 17-test veteran Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, who last wore the Kiwis jersey at the 2013 World Cup.

Hooker Issac Luke - who is the most-capped player in the side - will play his 37th test for the Kiwis on Saturday after he missed the May Test due to poor form.

Jesse Bromwich captains the team for the second time, supported by two other Melbourne Storm players who featured in the NRL Grand Final, Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris.

The 2016 joint Dally M medallist Jason Taumalolo starts at loose forward.

Adding experience in the spine is Thomas Leuluai, who first played for the Kiwis back in 2003.

He will pair up with his Warriors team-mate Shaun Johnson in the halves.

New Zealand Kiwis to play Australian Kangaroos

1 Jordan Kahu

2 Jason Nightingale

3 Solomone Kata

4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall

5 Jordan Rapana

6 Thomas Leuluai

7 Shaun Johnson

8 Jesse Bromwich (c)

9 Issac Luke

10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

11 Kevin Proctor

12 Tohu Harris

13 Jason Taumalolo

14 Lewis Brown

15 Martin Taupau

16 Manu Ma'u

17 Adam Blair

18 Joseph Tapine

19 Gerard Beale