Recall for Shaun Johnson as Kiwis announce extended squad

15 Sep 2022

Recall for Shaun Johnson as Kiwis announce extended squad

By Steve Mascord

NEW Zealand have named enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in an extended men’s World Cup squad despite a suspension which could prevent him playing until the quarter-finals.

Coach Michael Maguire unveiled a 34-man squad on Thursday that also heralded a recall for halfback Shaun Johnson and included uncapped Sebastian Kris, Jeremy Marshall-King, Griffin Neame, Jordan Riki, Bailey Simonsson, Scott Sorensen and Matthew Timoko.

The NZRL simply picked the 24 players who were in the squad for the 26-6 win over Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium on June 25 and then added 10 more.

“We still have a lot of our players playing in the NRL finals so we need to have others ready to go,” Maguire told RLWC2021.

Hargreaves was suspended for a head-slam in Sydney Roosters’ elimination final loss to South Sydney last weekend.

The Kiwis are attempting to have their October 8 warm-up game against Leeds at Headingley including in the ban, meaning the October 26 Group C encounter with Ireland at the same venue would be his return match.

Not all men’s teams have organised warm-ups but Maguire is hopeful of getting a favourable ruling, telling Stuff.co.nz:  â€œIt’s a legitimate game, it’s under international laws, we’ve got proper refs and it’s under the judiciary code, so all of those sorts of things play a part a in what could be the suspension.”

Centre Joey Manu is included despite a calf strain suffered playing for the Roosters.

In all there are 11 survivors from the Kiwis’ 2017 World Cup campaign, when they were surprisingly eliminated in the quarter finals. There are no players from outside the NRL.

NEW ZEALAND (extended squad)

Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne)

Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne)

Kenneath Bromwich (Melbourne)

Dylan Brown (Parramatta)

James Fisher-Harris (Penrith)

Kieran Forman (Manly)

Braden Hamlin-tele (Cronulla)

Corey Harawira-Naera (Canberra)

Peta Hiku (North Queensland)

Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne)

Shaun Johnson (Warriors)

Sebastian Kris (Canberra)

Moses Leota (Penrith)

Isaac Liu (Gold Coast)

Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters)

Jeremy Marshall-King (Canterbury)

Te Maire Martin (Brisbane)

Ken Maumalo (Wests Tigers)

Ronaldo Mulitalo (Cronulla)

Griffin Neame (North Queensland)

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Canberra)

Britan Nikora (Cronulla)

Kodi Nikorima (South Sydney)

Marata Niukore (Parramatta)

Isaiah Papali’i (Parramatta)

Jordan Rapana (Canberra)

Jordan Riki (Brisbane)

Bailey Simonsson (Parramatta)

Brandon Smith (Melbourne)

Scott Sorensen (Penrith)

Joe Tapine (Canberra)

Matthew Timoko (Canberra)

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)

Dallin Watene-zelezniak (Sydney Roosters)

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