New Zealand and England Teams for Four Nations

Four Nations New Zealand v England Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Date: Sat, 23 October Kick-off: 0800 BST Live coverage on BBC One.

Wigan’s Thomas Leuluai has been chosen to start at hooker for New Zealand against England. He has lost the scrum-half jersey to Nathan Fien but has been preferred to Issac Luke at hooker. Wests Tigers Benji Marshall captains New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium and he will partner Fien in the halves.

England stand-off Sam Tomkins has been passed fit to play in Saturday’s Four Nations opener against New Zealand. Tomkins had been an injury doubt after damaging his pelvis in the warm-up game against the New Zealand Maori but he will partner Kevin Brown in the halves, at the same time his Wigan team-mate Darrell Goulding is set to make his international d├ębut. In the forwards, new skipper James Graham and Stuart Fielden, “returning to the international stage for the first time in four years”, are at at prop.


New Zealand: L Hohia (Warriors); J Nightingale (St George Illawarra), S Kenny-Dowall (Sydney oosters), J Sa’u (Newcastle), M Vatuvei (Warriors); B Marshall (Wests Tiger, capt), N Fien (St George Illawarra); G Eastwood (Leeds), T Leuluai (Wigan), A Blair (Melbourne), S Mannering (Warriors), B Harrison (Canberra), J Smith (St George Illawarra).
Subs: B Matulino (Warriors), I Luke (South Sydney), F Pritchard (Penrith), F-P Nuaasalia (Sydney Roosters).

England: Widdop (Melbourne); Goulding (Wigan) Shenton (Castelford) Atkins (Warrinton) Briscoe (Hull); Brown (Huddersfield), S Tomkins (Wigan); Graham (St Helens, capt) Roby (St Helens), Fielden (Wigan), Burgess (South Sydney) Ellis (Wests Tigers) O’Loughlin (Wigan).
Interchange: Griffin (Huddersfield) Westwood (Warrington) J Tomkins (Wigan) Robinson (Huddersfield)