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Kiwis unchanged for first Test against England

New Zealand Coach Michael Maguire has named the same 17 players used in the win over Australia for Sunday's first Test against England at Hull's KC Stadium.

Kickoff for the match is at 12:30am AEDT as New Zealand begin their 17th three-Test campaign on United Kingdom soil since the All Golds played the first in 1908.

Wests Tigers centre Esan Marsters has been retained in the side after scoring a try in the upset win over Australia — partnering Ken Maumalo on the left edge.

The only change for the Kiwis is on the bench where Raiders forward Joseph Tapine is included as 19th man and Melbourne utility Jahrome Hughes as 18th man.

Kiwis Coach Michael Maguire said the Kiwis needed to reset for the opening international in Hull.

"What we achieved in New Zealand against the Kangaroos was a start and the players recognise it was just that, a start," Maguire told

"Our focus since leaving New Zealand has been fixed on this first Test. We have a group of players here who are exceptionally passionate about playing for the jersey. I've seen that. There are great signs for where we're going but we need to make sure we do everything right this week."



1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (capt.)
2. Ken Maumalo
3. Esan Marsters
4. Joseph Manu
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Shaun Johnson
7. Kodi Nikorima
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Brandon Smith
10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Isaac Liu
13. James Fisher-Harris

14. Kenny Bromwich
15. Leeson Ah Mau
16. Martin Taupau
17. Adam Blair
18. Jahrome Hughes
19. Joseph Tapine

Coach: Michael Maguire

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