England vs New Zealand - Game 1 Preview

This is an enthralling test series with a resurgent Kiwi team fresh from surprise 26-24 victory over the mighty kangaroos at Mount Smart Stadium.
This kiwi squad has some of the most talented young players on Earth and whilst perhaps unknown in the U.K., British fans will know them pretty soon. Kick off to the first game takes place at Hull FC’s KCOM stadium this Saturday at 14.30 pm.

The New Zealander’s are high calibre and top quality and a centre combination of Esan Marsters and Joseph Manu is frightening in terms of pure physical skill and presence .
Marsters ticks all the boxes at 16 stone 7 and one of the top “go forward “players in the NRL. His stats are phenomenal and he could rip huge holes in the English defence.
Grand Final winner Joseph Manu is a 6 foot 4 genius of a player , right up there with the top centres in the world and an unbelievable pair of hands.This is a mouth watering combination and the English boys will need to be well prepared .

The visitors will have several Melbourne storm players in their ranks in particularly Jesse Bromwich , Kenneath Bromwich and Jahrome Hughes who looks set to take over from billy Slater at the Storm in 2019.
That’s not to forget Brandon Smith at nine, born in Waiheke Island and at just 22 a mega star career in front of him.

Then the real cornerstone of that Kiwi pack Jared Waerea-Hargreaves the 6 foot 4 inch man mountain from Rotorua. This is another grand final winner this time from the famous Sydney Roosters club and what a destructive forward he can be.

But this English team are no mugs with George and Tom Burgess consistently performing in the South Sydney Rabbitohs pack and Josh Hodgson rated one of the top nines in the NRL. Sam Tomkins and George Williams have had quite remarkable seasons and ever consistent John Bateman has proved many times the equal of these big men in the Kiwi team.
James Graham will again take the kiwis on from the first minute and what a total inspiration he is. For me the real problem will be containing that Kiwi centre combination and I can see the Kiwis taking this by 16-20 points in front of a crowd in excess of 20,000.

England 19-man squad: John Bateman, George Burgess, Tom Burgess, Daryl Clark, Jake Connor, Oliver Gildart, James Graham, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Jermaine McGillvary, Richie Myler, Sean O'Loughlin, Mark Percival, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams.

New Zealand 19-man squad: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Ken Maumalo, Esan Marsters, Joseph Manu, Jordan Rapana, Shaun Johnson, Kodi Nikorima, Jesse Bromwich, Brandon Smith, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Kevin Proctor, Isaac Lui, James Fisher-Harris, Kenneath Bromwich, Leeson Ah Mau, Martin Taupau, Adam Blair, Jahrome Hughes, Joseph Tapine.


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