England v New Zealand 2015 Test Series

Teams: England v New Zealand

Venue: KC Stadium, Hull, England. Capacity 25,586

Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Kick-off time: 5pm local time

Kick-off times International

London (United Kingdom – England) Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 5:00:00 PM
Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) Monday, 2 November 2015 at 4:00:00 AM
Brisbane (Australia – Queensland) Monday, 2 November 2015 at 3:00:00 AM
Perth (Australia – Western Australia) Monday, 2 November 2015 at 1:00:00 AM
Auckland (New Zealand) Monday, 2 November 2015 at 6:00:00 AM
New York (U.S.A. – New York) Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 12:00:00 Noon
Paris (France) Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 6:00:00 PM
Singapore (Singapore) Monday, 2 November 2015 at 1:00:00 AM

2015 New Zealand / England Test TV / Internet viewing information: In New Zealand Sky Sports 2 will show the game live from 5.30am. In England the game will be shown live on BBC 2. Eurosports will be showing the game live throughout Asia. No live stream available as yet.

2015 New Zealand / England Test Radio Streaming: Radio Sports New Zealand will have live commentary http://www.radiosport.co.nz/whats-on/live-commentary-schedule/ and BBC 5 Sports Extra will also have live commentary http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00cp8sy/broadcasts/upcoming

Overview: Centre Jordan Kahu, scrumhalf Tuimoala Lolohea, forward Siosiua Takieaho and utility Kodi Nikorima are in line to earn their first test caps for the NZ Kiwis against England at Hull’s KC Stadium on Sunday.

The quartet debuted for their country against Leeds Rhinos last week and head coach Stephen Kearney has stuck with the group that defeated the champion English club champions for the opening encounter of the three-test series.

“The purpose of last week’s exercise was to give a run to some guys that hadn’t played in a while,” says Kearney.
“It was a matter of building that consistency, that’s why they’ve got the opportunity again this week.”

Kahu (groin) and co-captain Adam Blair (calf) both left the Leeds encounter with injuries, but have recovered sufficiently to be included in the extended 19-man test squad. The starting line-up will be finalised shortly before kick-off.

Blair’s calf strain has probably caused the most concern through the past week and he has been carefully managed by the Kiwis medical team.

“That’s still an ongoing exercise and we’ll make a call on Adam as late as tomorrow,” says Kearney. “If he’s unable to take the field, we’ve got some pretty handy replacements.
“Hopefully, for Adam, he will get the chance to skipper the team with Issac Luke.”

2015 Rugby League Test England v New Zealand team LIne-up

England 2015 Rugby League Test Team Line-up Game 1:

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)
Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)
Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
Mike Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)
Leroy Cudjoe (Newsome Panthers, Huddersfield Giants)
Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers)
James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)
Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)
Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)
Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
Sean O’Loughlin, captain (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)
Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)
Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton Knights)
Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons, West Bowling)
Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)
George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Head coach: Steven McNamara

New Zealand 2015 Rugby League Test Team Line-up Game 1:

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Jordan Kahu
4. Dean Whare
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Peta Hiku
7. Tuimoala Lolohea
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Issac Luke
10. Sam Moa
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Tohu Harris
13. Adam Blair
14. Kodi Nikorima
15. Martin Taupau
16. Ben Matulino
17. Siosiua Takeiaho
18. Alex Glenn
19. Lewis Brown

Head coach: Steve Kearney