5 Nov 2008

Kearney names side for final pool match at rugby league world cup

5:52 pm on 5 November 2008

Prop Evarn Tuimavave will follow in the steps of two of his uncles when the Kiwis play England in their final pool game at the Rugby League world cup in Newcastle on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old Warrior has been named in a side that has several changes to it from the side which beat Papua New Guinea last weekend.

Tony Tuimavave plauyed his only test for New Zealand against Australia in 1995 while Paddy Tuimavave made two test appearances against Papua New Guinea in 1990.

Evarn Tuimavave, who has now played 99 NRL matches, was close to earning his international debut when he was named in a 19-man squad to prepare for the 2007 Anzac Test in Brisbane but didn't make the final 17.

Tuimavave replaces captain Nathan Cayless, who is being rested, while Kearney has made another change in the pack, South Sydney's David Fa'alogo partnering Simon Mannering in the second row after he was used from the bench against the Kumuls.

Also being given a break is winger Sam Perrett with Jason Nightingale replacing him.

And returning in the centres after a one-match suspension is Manly's Steve Matai, in for Parramatta's Krisnan Inu.

With Fa'alogo moving into the starting line-up Warriors prop Sam Rapira being given a break, there are also two changes on the bench with veteran South Sydney forward David Kidwell and Wests Tigers forward Bronson Harrison coming into the squad.

With Cayless not playing, Melbourne loose forward Jeremy Smith will captain the side.