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 menâ€™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.
â€œWe still have a lot of our players playing in the NRL finals so we need to have others ready to go,â€ Maguire told RLWC2021.
Hargreaves was suspended for a head-slam in Sydney Roostersâ€™ 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 menâ€™s teams have organised warm-ups but Maguire is hopeful of getting a favourable ruling, telling Stuff.co.nz: â€œItâ€™s a legitimate game, itâ€™s under international laws, weâ€™ve got proper refs and itâ€™s under the judiciary code, so all of those sorts of things play a part a in what could be the suspension.â€
Centre Joey Manu is included despite a calf strain suffered playing for the Roosters.
In all there are 11 survivors from the Kiwisâ€™ 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 Papaliâ€™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)