Hamstrings keep Jared Waerea-Hargreaves off Kiwi side to face Kangaroos

New Zealand will be without intimidating prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for their World Cup semi-final against Australia.

The Sydney Roosters striker has played just one game in this tournament, with suspensions forcing him out of their first two group matches and their quarter-final win over Fiji. Waerea-Hargreaves has also suffered from a hamstring injury and will not feature against the Kangaroos at Elland Road on Friday (AEDT Saturday).

New Zealand have beaten Australia just once in their last five meetings and manager Michael Maguire will also be without all-round utility Marata Niukore for the first trans-Tasman game since 2019.

But Maguire has good news with the return of striker Moses Leota, who is suffering from a pectoral injury and has only appeared on this tour once.

(Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is also included in the 19-man squad after dealing with a hamstring complaint.

New Zealand team:
Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jesse Bromwich (captain), Kenny Bromwich, Dylan Brown, James Fisher-Harris, Kieran Foran, Peta Hiku, Jahrome Hughes, Moses Leota, Isaac Liu, Joseph Manu, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Briton Nikora , Isaiah Papali’i, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Joseph Tapine, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.


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