The big British Rugby League team, Elera Hanley, has named Sean Kenny-Dowal and five other former kiwi internationals on their United Nations squad to prepare for the match against England.
Kenny Dowall – center and captain of “Hing King Rovers”, who earned 21 games for the New Zealand team between 2007 and 2016 – joins the passage from Huddersfield Danny Levy, props Catalans Dragons Sam Cassian, Leeds defender Zane Tetewan, the second row of FC “Hull” Manu Mau and Utility Huddersfield returned Tui Lolahea, who all wore a Kiwis jumper.
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Mose Masoe, a New Zealand rugby league player with a spinal injury, was awarded during the 2021 game between England and the Combined Nations All Stars.
Hanley – one of the greatest players in the history of the English Rugby League – has been appointed coach of Combined Nations All Stars, which includes players from the Super League.
His initial team of 29 people also includes the former state of New South Wales and Australia, facing Mitchell Pierce, who plays for the Catalans after NRL service for the Sydney Roasters and Newcastle Knights.
Hanley has selected nine players with a Samoan heritage and six Tangans.
Only six players from each Super League club can play in Warrington on June 18, so Hanley was unable to invite St. Helens stars such as former Warriors and Tonga center Conrad Harrell.
Combined Nations All Stars – a side in which Super League players from the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia – promised to raise funds for an appeal against the tsunami in Tonga in the match against England.
They will be dressed in special commemorative knitted T-shirts to be sold along with fees to the Tonga Relief Fund set up after eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano and the January 15 tsunami.
In last year’s game against England the Combined Nations All Stars raised funds for former rugby league player Kiwi Mose Masoewhose career in the Super League ended in a serious spinal injury.
The previous squad includes former Warriors Mason Lino (Wakefield Trinity), Chris Satae, League Sao (FC Hal) and Carlos Tuimawa (Wakefield Trinity).
Hanley also named some of the players who played in the United Nations All-Stars victory over England 26-24 in 2021, including former NRL winger Ken Sio (Salford Red Devils), former NRL Dragons forward and Sharks forward Matt Pere ( Leeds Rhinos). ) and a New Zealand native former rower, second rower Kenny Edwards (Castleford Tigers).
He was also able to call up English players not named in England coach Sean Wayne’s team, in particular FC Hull defender Jake Connor.
“I personally talked to each of these players because I think it’s the right thing to do, and I was impressed and impressed with how they reacted,” Hanley said.
“It was important for me to talk about the values and qualities I expect from them, and the message I received from them was that they are ready to go – and so proud to have the opportunity to participate.”
The England game also offers some of Hanley’s team the opportunity to impress for a challenge to the Pacific Islands and European teams for the Rugby World Cup later this year.
The United Nations All-Star Team
Jake Connor (FC Hull, Trinidad), Kenny Edwards (Castleford Tigers, New Zealand), Jay Field (Wigan Warriors, Australia), David Fifita (Wakefield Trinity, Tonga), Ben Garcia (Catalan Dragon, John of Garcia) Trinity, Scotland / Germany), Sam Cassian (Catalans Dragons, Samoa), Sean Kenny-Dowell (Hull KR, New Zealand), Tim Lafayette (Salford Red Devils, Samoa), Samisoni Lange (Catalans Dragons, Tonga), Ricky Letelle Huddersfield Giants, Samoa), Danny Levy (Huddersfield Giants, Samoa), Kane Lynette (Hal KR, Scotland), Mason Lino (Wakefield Trinity, Samoa), Tui Lolahea (Huddersfield Giants), Jovodu, Gianouda, Fioda, Tonga Jake Mamo (Castleford Tigers, Australia), Rhyse Martin (Leeds Rhinos, Papua New Guinea), Peter Matautzia (Warrington Wolves, Samoa), Manu Mau (Hull FC, Tonga), Mitchell Pierce (Catalans Dragons, Australia), Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos, Australia), League of Sao (FC Hal, Samoa), Chris Satae (FC Hal, Tonga), Ken Sio (Salford Red Devils, Samoa), Kelepi Tanginoa Field Trinity, Tonga), Zane Tetevano (Leeds Rhinos, Cook Islands / New Zealand), Carlos Tuymava (FC Hal, Samoa), Luke Yates (Huddersfield Giants, Australia).