Live updates: Rugby League World Cup Nines 2019, Day Two

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Men's final - NZ 10 Australia 24

Fulltime - Australia 24 (Moses 3 & Feldt tries; Moses 3 conversions) NZ 10 (Smith & Isaako tries; Isaako conversion)

Brave effort from the Kiwis, but the Kangaroos were not to be denied, keeping their rivals scorelss in the second half.

Ninth minute - Moses has a hat-trick to seal the win for Australia. David Fifita makes a long run and looks right, but passes inside to Moses instead.

That's the ball game - Moses must be Player of the Tournament.

Eighth minute- Kiwis run on the last, but Simonsson is tackled.

Sixth minute - Ponga makes a break down the left and when the ball comes right, Kyle Feldt is awarded a try in the corner. Replays show he's short, but there's no review process.

Fifth minute - Nikorima recieved a head knock and is off the field.

Fourth minute - Johnson kicks again on the last, but the Kiwis are whistled for a penalty.

Second minute - Johnson puts a huge kick on the last, but Smith spills it with the line open.

Halftime - Australia 13 (Moses 2 tries; 2 conversions) NZ 10 (Smith & Isaako tries; Isaako conversion)

Kiwis still in this - just like their Ferns counterparts before them.

Eighth minute - Moses again has too much pace for the Kiwis down the right to put the Kangaroos ahead again.

Seventh minute - From the kickoff, Nickora makes a break and provides the final pass to Isaako to sprint away for a go-ahead try. Isaako converts from the sideline - again.

Sixth minute - Mitch Moses splits the NZ defence to score a five-pointer, that was too easy.

Fourth minute - Now time for the Kiwis defence. Aussies spill the ball, but Simonsson is stripped in a tackle.

Third minute - Johnson runs on the last tackle, Nicholl-Klokstad bats the ball wide and Reimis Smith dives over in the corner for an early lead.

First minute - Australia kick off and Isaako has the first carry. Johnson kicks early and finds the in-goal.

Wade Graham is trapped for a dropout.

11:02pm - Bad news for the Kiwis, with Ken Maumalo injured out of the final. He's been one of the stars of the tournament, but will be replaced by Reimis Smith in the starting line-up.

Women's final - NZ 17 Australia 15

Fulltime - NZ 17 (McGregor, Newman & Maynard tries; McGregor two conversions) Australia 15 (Penitani, McGregor & Apps tries; Dib conversion)

Now, can the men repeat that result?

Raecene McGregor is named Player of the Tournament.

Ninth minute - Australia surge forward, but the ball is loose and they hack at it. Kiwi Ferns dive on it, recover it, but knock on - Australia ball.

The siren sounds and the Kiwi Ferns win! Awesome effort for NZ, after the commentators didn't really give them much chance.

Eighth minute - Ferns kick through to the goal area, but the ball avoids pursuers. Now, what do Australia have?

Seventh minute - Brigginshaw spills the ball in a tackle and the Ferns have another chance to seal victory.

Sixth minute - A long pass to Newman goes astray with the line beckoning - that could have been the clincher.

Fifth minute - Anita Maynard dives over from dummy half, after Apii Nicholls is dragged down metres short. McGregor converts and the Ferns are ahead.

Third minute - But immediately Australia give Corban McGregor space out right and she puts on the gas to score a five-pointer. What response do NZ have?

Second minute - Ferns hit the lead again, when Crystal Tamarua slips a short pass to Jules Newman for the try.

First minute - Aussies kick off long.

Halftime - Australia 8 (Penitani & Apps tries) NZ 7 (McGregor try & conversion)

Eighth minute - Ferns go left on the final tackle, but the last pass goes astray and into touch.

Seventh minute - NZ turn over the ball in their own territory, but as Brigginshaw mounts an attack, her pass is spilled by Davis.

Sixth minute - With the subsequent possession, Brigginshaw heads towards the post and offloads to Kezie Apps, who scores.

Fifth minute - NZ charge down a kick from Ali Brigginshaw, but they then dive on the ball and are offside.

Fourth minute - Honey Hireme-Smiler goes on a bumping run and off the play-the-ball, Raecene McGregor dives under the bar for a five-pointer. Nz lead.

Second minute - With their second straight set, the Aussies spin the ball right and Tiana Penitani opens the scoring.

First minute - NZ kick off, long towards the posts. On the final tackle, Davis runs long and the Ferns deflect her pass.

9:49pm - The Kangroos are forming a guard of honour for their women counterparts, but actually the Kiwi Ferns are first out of the tunnel.

The Kiwi Ferns challenge their rivals with a fierce haka, led by Teuila Fotu-Moala - they're fired up for this.

Australia 25 Samoa 8

Fulltime - Seve opens the scoring after the break, when Luai and Lafai provide him with just enough space to dive over in the corner.

But Samoa are tiring and an early kick from Ben Hunt has them struggling back. Eventually, AJ Brimson crosses for a bonus try that wraps up the game.

Samoa let the ball bounce dead from the kickoff and their short dropout is recovered by Australia. Tyson Frizell is not held in a tackle and scampers across for another five-pointer.

So that means NZ v Australian in both men's and women's finals - a repeat of last night's opening rounds.

Halftime - Kalyn Ponga blitzes up the middle for a five-pointer to open the scoring, but Josh Addo-Carr limps off midway through the half.

As Samoa toss the ball left, Bunty Afoa throws a long pass to Marion Seve, who scores out wide.

Addo-Carr is back on the field and scores an amazing try, after Brian To'o mishandles in midfield for Samoa. Addo-Car snatches a rough pass from Ponga and kicks ahead, regathering to score.

NZ 22 England 6

Fulltime - NZ 22 (Isaako 2, Smith & Maumalo tries; Isaako three conversions) England 6 (McGilvary try; Austin conversion)

Now, Samoa take on Australia - the two unbeaten teams at this tournament - in the other semi.

Ninth minute - Blair puts Johnson away on a run, but his last pass to Isaak is high and into touch. The siren sounds and the Kiwis are in the final.

Eighth minute - England have another chances, but as the ball goes left, the last pass is high and behind Hanley, who knocks on.

Seventh minute - NZ now slowing the pace down to preserve their lead. Blair is penalised for playing off the ground.

Fifth minute - England recover the kickoff, but as they threaten, Williams drops the ball.

The ball goes right and Isaako has his second for the game to become the tournament's top tryscorer. He's also starring with the boot, converting from the sideline again.

Fourth minute - England have some possession and Widdop kicks across field for McGilvary, who overpowers the defender. Austin converts from the sideline to give his side hope.

Second minute - Kiwis threaten and the final passs from Simonsson to Reimis Smith is blocked by McGilvray. Smith pounces on the ball, regathers and crosses for the try.

First minute - Tomkins' kickoff doesn't travel 10m, Kiwis penalty on halfway.

Halftime - NZ 10 (Isaako & Maumalo tries; Isaako conversion) England 0

The Kiwis are showing far more ballplaying ability than the English, bu their defence has also done a great job stifling the attack. They will need to match that intensity for another nine minutes. 

Eighth minute - Tomkins runs towards the right corner, but his back-flick to McGilvray is knocked on.

Sixth minute - Johnson bewilders the English defence and provides a final pass to Isaako for an easy try in the corner. He and Maumalo are the top tryscorers in this tournament.

Fifth minute - Tomkins goes to kick on the last, but Tetevano has him around the ankles and he can't get a boot to it. Knock-on.

Third minute - Try to Maumalo, but only after McGilvary loses the ball lunging for the line at the other end.

Johnson throws a high pass behind Nicholl-Klokstad and McGilvary gathers to sprint to the line. When he's dragged down, he loses the ball, Nikora racovers and puts Maumalo away.

First minute - Isaako kicks off for NZ and Nikora rocks James Graham in a tackle.

8:34pm - The Kiwis have bounced back from their disappointment against the Kangaroos last night and England have received a lifeline, after losing this afternoon to Lebanon.

Much will depend on how well Shaun Johnson has recovered from that ankle injury that forced him off the field against USA in the previous game.

Johnson has been named to take his place in the starting line-up for New Zealand. It's Isaako, Maumalo, Nicholl Klokstad, Nikora, Johnson, Nikorima, Blair, Tetevano and Simonsson.

NZ 33 England 4

Fulltime - NZ 33 (Rota 2, Hireme-Smiler 2, Newman, Maynard & Paul tries; McGregor two conversions) England 4 (Hardcastle try)

Kiwi Ferns will face the Jillaroos in the women's final at 9:45pm (NZ time).

Next, NZ Kiwis face England in the men's semis.

Eighth minute - Great continuity from the Ferns, Hireme-Smiler is brought down just short of the line, but she offloads from her knees to Anita Maynard for the try.

Sixth minute - Hireme-Smiler strolls over for her second of the match, leaving the defence grasping at air. That will surely seal the final spot against the Jillaroos.

Fourth minute - Hardcastle charges onto a pass - and a head-high tackle from Takairangi.

Second minute - Rota lurks out on the left edge for her second try of the game.

Halftime - NZ 19 (Rota, Newman, Hireme-Smiler & Paul tries; McGregor conversion) England 4 (Hardcastle try)

Ninth minute - Right on halftime, Honey Hireme-Smiler scores in the left corner to give the Ferns a comfortable lead at the break.

Eighth minute - From a big tackle on Hardcastle from the kickoff, NZ get the ball back and move the ball left, then right.

Eventually, Kenyon Paul crosses for a five-pointer, converted. 

Sixth minute - Kiwi Ferns move the ball right and Atawai Tupaea runs Jules Newman into position for the go-ahead try.

Fifth minute - England gather a line dropout and Amy Hardcastle levels the scores with a try out wide.

First minute - After a great run from Georgia Hale, Krystal Rota bursts from dummy half to open the scoring for NZ.

8:04pm - Kiwi Ferns need to beat England now to follow Australia into the women's final. They'll need to improve on their performance against PNG earlier today.

Australia 30 PNG 6

Fulltime - Penitania has her try double and Isabelle Kelly also crosses, before Elsie Albert gets PNG on the board with a try from a dropped high kick. 

That result puts Australia through to the final, and means the winners from NZ v England will also progress. 

Halftime - The Jillaroos waste no time hitting the lead, through a try for Shakiah Tungai in the corner.

Corban McGregor races 50 metres for a five-pointer, before Hannah Southwell follows her into the zone and Tiana Penitani strolls over out wide.

Australia 26 PNG 0

Fulltime - Tries to Clint Gutherson and Jai Arrow complete the win for Australia, and confirm New Zealand into the men's semis.

Halftime - Daly Cherry-Evans chases a long kick to open the scoring for Australia, Kalyn Ponga provides the final pass for Campbell Graham and AJ Brimson dives over from dummyhalf to quickly establish a dominant lead.

The Kumuls have barely seen the ball in the first half, but when Graham bumps off a weak tackle, he dives over in the corner for double.

That should be enough to see the Kiwis through.

Next up, Australia women against Papua New Guinea.

NZ 46 USA 0

Fulltime - NZ 46 (Maumalo 4, Isaako 2, Simonsson, Smith & Johnson tries; Isaako four conversions) USA 0

That's the biggest score and biggest win of the tournament so far, so a nice way for the Kiwis to progress into the semi-finals, if Australia can complete the job against PNG next.

Eighth minute - Corey Harawira-Naera executes a one-on-one strip and could score himself, but tosses the ball inside for Maumalo to touch down for a bonus try.

Sixth minute - Maumalo has a hat-trick, which is the first of the tournament, and Isaako converts from the sideline.

Fifth minute - Reimis Smith has a try, but Johnson seems OK on the sideline - he won't be back though.

Third minute - Maumalo crosses to continue the rout.

First minute - Kiwis throw the ball around and eventually Isaako crosses in the corner... but Johnson is off with what looks like an ankle injury.

Halftime - NZ 19 USA 0

Ninth minute - Johnson has the ball on a string today... he kicks for the corner, Simonsson has to go back to gather, but dives over to close the half.

Seventh minute - Johnson runs left and floats a miss-out pass to Isaako for a try in the corner.

Fifth minute - US are pinned in their own half and their clearance kick goes out on the full, NZ ball just 20 metres out.

Fourth minute - Shaun Johnson just wrongfoots the US defence - the last defender didn't even try to tackle him - for a five-pointer, converted.

Second minute - NZ waste no time establishing their dominance, with Kodi Nikorima faking a long pass and flicking short for Ken Maumalo to score.

6:50pm - Kiwis need this win to go through, although they would still need PNG to lose to Australia.

Samoa 24 Tonga Invitational 16 

Fulltime - Levi splits the Tongan defence to score the first try after the break, before Fanitesi Niu gives Tonga some hope, if they could score twice in three minutes.

Tevita Pangai Jr gets one of those scores - just - as he grounds the ball just inside the deadball line, but that's as close as they got.

Samoa progress to the semi-finals.

Next up, Kiwis against the USA.

Halftime - Robert Jennings opens the scoring, after Malakai Watene-Zelezniak chases down a grubber kick and flicks it up for this teammate in pursuit. Asiata converts from the sideline.

Danny Levi responds with a five-pointer, when Jerome Luai cracks the defence and Tim Lafai provides the last pass.

Sione Katoa chases down a kick to the goal area to restore Tonga's lead, but Dean Blore counters at the other end and then Ligi Sao extends the margin, chasing Levi's grubber kick for a bonus try.

Fiji 10 Cook Islands 12

Fulltime - Kevin Naiqama scores a five-pointer to stretch the Fijian lead, but Api Koroisau can't convert from in front.

Canterbury Bulls half Tevin Arona almost blows a try for the Cooks, looking to the five-point zone and nearly held up over the line. Crucially, the conversion misses to leave them behind.

But they edge ahead with a try to Brody Tamarua. Fiji have a chance to snatch the win, but Maika Sivo and Villiame Kikau throw dusty passes, and eventually Naiqama knocks on.

Cooks must now awaite the result of Samoa v Tonga Invitaional, and hope the Tongans can get up for a win to create a countback situation.

Halftime - Fiji haven't had a win yet and are out of contention now, but the Cook Islands need a win to keep their slender hopes alive.

Fiji take the early lead with a five-pointer from Maika Tudravu - they have so much talent, but just haven't been able to put that together at this tournament.

Former Warrior Anthony Gelling put Cooks on the board with an unconverted try - still no sign of Brad Takairangi, so he must be injured.

England 38 France 4

Fulltime - Ryan Sutton has a five-pointer to score first after the break, then Ash Handley extends the lead and Sam Tomkins puts Elliott Whitehead away form maximum points to cap the performance.

England top Pool B and advance to the semis - hard luck Lebanon.

Next up, Fiji v Cooks Islands.

Halftime - France score first through Alrix Da Costa, but the English have three tries before the break - including a five-pointer to Ash Handley - and the semi spot is now theirs to lose.

Wales 25 Lebanon 14 

Fulltime - Wales strike first after the restart to extend to 20-7 and the task becomes too big for Lebanon. They're playing two players short on the bench, so possibly fatigue is a factor. 

Both teams are reduced to eight men, after a rough tackle leaves a Lebanese player on the ground and sparks a melee.

This result doesn't bring Wales back into the semi-final contention, but it does give England and France a chance, depending on the result of this next game.

Halftime - The Cedars are unbeaten coming into this game, but still need a win to seal their passage to the semis. 

Wales haven't won yet, but strike first through a Regan Grace five-pointer. Reece Robinson counters immediately, then the Welsh respond and hold the advantage at the break.

Lebanon still have some work to do to cement their spot in the semis.

Australia 40 England 4

Fulltime - England finally get on the scoreboard through Georgia Wilson, but Australia respond with a try to Tiana Penitani, who seems to have another, when she gathers a ball behind her own goal-line and sprinted the length of the field.

She is brought down metres short of the line, but Kirra Dibb is there to scurry over from dummy half for a five-pointer. Isabelle Kelly puts the seal on the victory, with a try in the final seconds.

This result pretty much confirms Australia's place in the women's final - they still have to overcome a dangerous PNG side - and England will take on New Zealand for the other spot.

Next up, Lebanon take on Wales men.

Halftime - Both these teams were big winners last night and whoever wins this one would virtually book their passage to the final.

But the Jillaroos are making no contest of it, with tries to Shakiah Tungai, Corban McGregor, Jessica Sergis and a five-pointer to Ali Brigginshaw putting them well clear.

Breaking news - Unbeaten Lebanon are apparently fielding two players that don't make the 18-year-old age limit for the tournament. They're close to being disqualified, but they will be allowed to continue with wins intact, without those two players.

Australia 41 USA 11

Fulltime - With the first possession from kick-off, Mitchell Moses puts a nice kick to the corner for Feldt to seal a try double.

Further tries to Papenhuyzen and Moses see the Aussies run away in the end, virtually sealing their semi-final spot.

Next up, Australia v England women.

Halftime - The Americans actually strike first, when the Aussies make a hash of a kick and Ryan Burroughs charges through to score a try.

The Kangaroos waste no time responding, through Kyle Feldt, but the Eagles score again off a kick, with Burroughs crossing for a five-pointer.

But Josh Addo-Carr enters the game and sprints away, Moses converts from out wide.

Then Nathan Brown scores after the siren to put the home side ahead at the break. 

New Zealand 18 Papua New Guinea 17

NZ 18 (Simonsson, Marshall-King & Johnson tries; Isaako 2 conversions) PNG 17 (Putt, Olam & Gebbie tries; Laybutt & Ipape conversions)

Fulltime - The Kiwis hold to win and keep their semi-final hopes alive... but only just. They now face USA later in the afternoon, while the Kumuls would probably have to beat Australia to progress now.

Next up, Australia v the United States.

Eighth minute - What a try for Simmonsson!

Nicoll Klokstad runs on the last, then kicks for himself to gather and then pass to Simonsson for the try in the corner. NZ 18-17

Sixth minute - From that posession, Justin Olam dives over in the corner from dummy half. PNG 17-14

Fifth minute - PNG miss a 40-20 by centimetres, but the Kiwis immediately throw a loose pass into touch and give the ball back in their own half.

Third minute - Jeremy Marshall-King scores a five-pointer, but the Kiwis are lucky to escape there, when Ken Maumalo throws a long pass that looks like it will be intercepted, but for an early tackle.

Kiwis regain possession and Nikora makes ground, before sending JMK away to score. NZ 14-13

First minute - From the kickoff, PNG move the ball right and Nixon Putt sprints from deep inside his own half to put his side ahead. PNG 13-7

Halftime - NZ 7 Papua New Guina 7

Seventh minute - PNG put a kick to the corner and Simonsson wins the race, but bobbles the ball over the line. Luckily, he has a foot in touch.

But with the ensuing possession, Edene Gebbie scores by the posts and the conversion levels the scores with halftime in sight. 7-7

Fifth minute - Garry Lo is bundled into touch by Isaako, as the PNG flyer dives for the corner. No try.

Third minute - Captain Shaun Johnson scores a five-pointer, after giving Jamayne Isaako space on the right.

The Broncos wing could score himself, but tosses the ball infield for the maximum points. NZ 7-0

3:45pm - The Kiwis lost to Australia last night and need a win here to keep their semi-final chances alive. PNG were big winners over USA and actually lead this pool on points difference right now.

Tonga Invitational 21 Fiji 17

Extra time - Fiji get a penalty and kick for touch, but Watene-Zelezniak dives to bat the ball back infield and from the resulting possession, Robert Jennings scores to win for Tonga Invitational.

Now, the Kiwis against Papuna New Guinea.

Fulltime - From the kick-off, Jason Taumalolo makes a huge bust up the middle, batting away would-be tacklers, and when he's eventually brought down, the ball goes left for Malakai Watene-Zelezniak to score.

The Katoa brothers combine in midfield for Sione to score a five-pointer, but no-one can find the posts with a kick in this game.

Finally, Penaia Leveleve brings Fiji back within a converted five-point try and that's exactly what they get.

Sione Katoa fails to force the ball for a try at one end and at the other, Maika Tudravu crosses under the bar and the conversion levels things up with time up.

We got to Golden Try.

Halftime - Both teams going from one end of the field to the other, before Tonga eventually work an overlap for Robert Jennings to score.

The Tongans turn the ball over in midfield and it's bobbled along the Fiji backline, until Warriors youngster Selestino Ravutaumada shows his pace down the right to level the scores.

Just before the break, a long touchfinder from a penalty sets up a final attack for another young Warriors, William Fakatoumafi, to score for Tonga and provide the halftime buffer. 

Samoa 17 Cook Islands 4

Fulltime - Samoa extend their lead with a converted five-point try to Blore, but John Puna finally gets the Cooks on the board.

They haven't been favoured by the bounce today, but have played with plenty of enterprise.

Samoa now look likely to advance out of this pool, although they still have Tonga Invitational later this arvo.

Next up, the Tongans face Fiji.

Halftime - The Cooks stunned Tonga Invitational last night and make much of the running in the opening half of this clash, but just can't finish off their chances.

Former Kiwi Brad Takairangi - the star of their win - isn't in the line-up for this one.

Tevin Arona is first to a kick through to the goal line, but the bounce undoes him as he tries to force it.

Timo Lafai eventually opens the scoring for Samoa, then Brian To'o puts in a horrible looking kick that bounces wickedly for the Cook defence and Dean Blore gathers for the try.

Lebanon 16 England 13

Fulltime - England are hot on attack and Widdop puts a kick through to the line, but Robinson bats it dead and Lebanon hold on for the upset.

Tomkins scores a five-pointer after the restart to narrow the gap and set up a nailbiting finish, but the Cedars hold the English off. 

Only one team advances from this pool, so Lebanon now have the inside running, with Wales to face later today.

Next up, Samoa and Cook Islands - both winners from Pool C last night.

Halftime - The 'Cedars' are heading for an upset, with Travis Robinson scoring his second try to push the lead to 16-6 at the break.

Bilal Maarbani opened the scoring for Lebanon, before Gareth Widdop answered.

But the Robinson brothers - Travis and Reece - have cut the English up and have their team on the verge of toppling the top-ranked team in this pool.

France 23 Wales 6

Fulltime - France have secured their first win of the tournament, running out easy winners over the Welsh.

Regan Grace got a try back for Wales to narrow the gap, but Marguerite scored to end any hopes of a dramatic comeback.

Wales are essentially out of contention now, although they have one game left against Lebanon. France play England and must win to move on to the semi-finals.

England and Lebanon - both winners last night - meet now.

Halftime - The French are all over this game, with a 19-0 lead. Romano, Belmas and Lasvenes have crossed for tries - the last was a five-point effort for scoring behind the posts - and all three have been converted.

Full-time - NZ 24 (Takairangi 2, Hireme 2 & McGregor tries; Leiataua & McGregor conversions) PNG 12 (Ravu & John tries; Kaupa & Joe conversions)

So New Zealand win, but they will need to improve on that performance if they hope to beat England for a spot in the final. Very hot conditions may be taking a toll on the players.

Next up are France and Wales men - both lost last night, so they need a win to keep their hopes alive.

Fifth minute - PNG turn the ball over and McGregor takes an offload to score, but misses the conversion. NZ 24-12

Third minute - NZ charge back up field and Hireme-Smiler secures her try double, converted. From the kick-off PNG spill the ball to gift the Ferns great field position. NZ 20-6

Second minute - From the mistake, PNG assail the Ferns line and Janet Johns dives over from dummy half. NZ 14-12

Second half begins with the Orchids kicking off, but Hireme-Smiler coughs up the ball immediately and PNG go on attack.

Ninth minute - Kiwi Ferns go right and have too many numbers, with Takairangi notching up a try double before half time, unconverted. NZ 14-6

Seventh minute - Kiwi Ferns strike right back with a try to Honey Hireme-Smiler, uncoverted. NZ 10-6

Fifth minute - Teuila Fotu-Moala loses the ball in a tackle and PNG gather to tie up the scores with a converted try t Ua Ravu. 6-6

Third minute - Kiana Takairangi is on the end of a backline move for NZ and dives over in the corner, Raecene McGregor converts from the sideline. NZ 6-0

1:29pm - Kiwi Ferns are first up today, needing to beat Papua New Guinea to keep their final hopes alive in the four-team women's competition.


Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Rugby League World Cup Nines tournament at Sydney's Bankwest Stadium.

New Zealand has the NZ Kiwis men and Kiwi Ferns women in action today - both teams opened their accounts last night against hosts Australia.

Neither team are quite the full test sides, which will also be in action over coming weeks.

The Kiwis will field several newcomvers, including young Parramatta Eels five-eighth Dylan Brown, Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and teammate Bailey Simonsson, who has also represented New Zealand in rugby sevens.

Kiwis: Leeson Ah Mau, Adam Blair, Dylan Brown, Corey Harawira-Naera, Jamayne Isaako, Shaun Johnson,  Jeremy Marshall-King, Ken Maumalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Briton Nikora, Kodi Nikorima, Kevin Proctor, , Bailey Simonsson, Reimis Smith, Joseph Tapine, Zane Tetevano

Kiwi Ferns: Madison Bartlett, Teuila Fotu-Moala, Georgia Hale, Honey Hireme-Smiler, Onjeurlina Leiataua, Nita Maynard, Raecene McGregor, Jules Newman, Apii Nicholls, Kanyon Paul, Charntay Poko, Krystal Rota, Aieshaleigh Smalley, Kiana Takairangi, Crystal Tamarua, Atawhai Tupaea

The men's competition also features Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Lebanon, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tongan Invitational, USA and Wales, while England and Papua New Guinea complete the women's field.

Today's schedule looks like this: 

1:30pm Women - NZ v Papua New Guinea

1:55pm Men - France v Wales

2:20pm Men - England v Lebanon

2:45pm Men - Samoa v Cook Island

3:10pm Men - Tonga Invitational v Fiji

3:45pm Men - NZ v Papua New Guinea

4:10pm Men - Australia v USA

4:35pm Women - Australia v England

5pm Men - Lebanon v Wales

5:25pm Men - England v France

6pm Men - Fiji v Cook Islands

6:25pm Men - Tonga Invitational v Samoa

6:50pm Men - NZ v USA

7:15pm Men - Australia v Papua New Guinea

7:40pm Women - Australia v Papua New Guinea

8:05pm Women - NZ v England

8:55pm Men - Semi One

9:20pm Men - Semi Two

9:45pm Women - Final

11pm Men - Final

Kiwis make late change to nines squad

Veteran Adam Blair has received a late call-up for New Zealand at the World Cup Nines tournament, which starts in Sydney on Friday night. 

Blair replaces Braden Hamlin-Uele, who is nursing a calf injury and wants to be fit for upcoming tests against Australia and the Great Britain Lions. 

Blair only returned to Auckland on Thursday from a holiday on the Gold Coast, so he quickly hopped on a plane to Sydney to attend the team's final training session at Leichhardt Oval.

"Unfortunately, young Braden had a minor strain in his calf," said New Zealand coach Michael Maguire. "He should be OK.

"When I rang 'Blairy' yesterday to ask him, he said 'I'm there'."

Earlier in the week, Sydney Roosters forward Zane Tetevano and Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad replaced the unavailable James Fisher-Harris and Jordan Rapana respectively. 

Shaun Johnson will captain the team in their opening match against Australia at 11pm.



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