29 Oct 2019

Kieran Foran recalled for Kiwis Test vs Great Britain

6:09 pm on 29 October 2019

Kieran Foran will make his first international appearance in more than two years when the New Zealand Kiwis meet the Great Britain Lions in the first Test at Eden Park on Saturday.

Kieran Foran

Kieran Foran Photo: NRL Photos

Canterbury-Bankstown play maker Foran returns to the Test stage for the first time since May 2017 partnering captain Benji Marshall in the halves.

Replacing Shaun Johnson, he will be making his 22nd appearance for the Kiwis since his debut 10 years ago. Johnson came in for a lot of criticism following the Kiwis big loss to the Kangaroos.

Veteran Adam Blair will become only the eighth player in history - and just the second New Zealander after Ruben Wiki - to reach the 50-Test milestone on Saturday.

Blair seemed set to be stranded on 48 Tests after missing selection for the mid-year clash against Mate Ma'a Tonga and initially being overlooked for the end-of-season internationals against the Kangaroos and the Lions.

However, the 311-game NRL forward came into the squad as an injury replacement for the World Cup 9s in Sydney and earned a Test recall for the Oceania Cup match against the Kangaroos in Wollongong last Friday.

In other changes to the side which lost 4-26 to Australia, Kiwi head coach Michael Maguire has moved Sydney Roosters middle forward Zane Tetevano into the starting front row after he made his debut from the bench last Friday. Warriors prop Leeson Ah Mau is switched to the bench.

Canberra back rower Joseph Tapine, who served a one-game suspension last week, is recalled to start at loose forward in his 11th Test with Blair now on the bench and Braden Hamlin-Uele, one of four debutants against Australia, moving out of the squad.

Melbourne utility Jahrome Hughes and Canterbury-Bankstown back rower Corey Harawira-Naera complete the interchange.

This Saturday's match will be the Kiwis' first against the Great Britain Lions since a three-Test series in England in 2007.