Nightingale Named For Decider

St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale has been named for the third and deciding test against England at Wigan’s DW Stadium on Saturday.

NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has named a largely unchanged line-up.

Utility Kodi Nikorima, who was a late change at half in last week’s playing line-up and took the field in jersey #19, will run on in #7 this time.

The only other change sees Gerard Beale replace Tuimoala Lolohea in the extended 19-man squad.

In the process, Kearney keeps faith in the group that ground out a 9-2 victory in London, levelling the series at 1-1.

“These lads got the job done last week and it was a good performance from them,” says Kearney, who has now won more games (23) than any other Kiwis coach before him.

“I didn’t feel there was a need to change the team.”

With victory last week, Kearney (23-16-1) moved past Frank Endacott (22-11-2) for the most wins by a Kiwis coach.

The full squad for Saturday’s test:

1-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

2-Jason Nightingale

3-Jordan Kahu

4-Dean Whare

5-Shaun Kenny-Dowall

6-Peta Hiku

7-Kodi Nikorima

8-Jesse Bromwich

9-Issac Luke

10-Sam Moa

11-Kevin Prcotor

12-Tohu Harris

13-Adam Blair

14-Lewis Brown

15-Martin Taupau

16-Ben Matulino

17-Alex Glenn

18-Isaac Liu

19-Gerard Beale