David Kidwell: 'We know that our path has taken a different course'

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Nov 14, 20179m
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David Kidwell: 'We know that our path has taken a different course'
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The Kiwis have made two notable changes for their Rugby League World Cup encounter with Fiji. Coach David Kidwell joined D'Arcy and Goran this afternoon to discuss his new side and taking the good from the loss to Tonga over the weekend. The newly unveiled line up for the match at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Saturday will be Danny Levi's first one where he is in the starting lineup. The Wellington hooker earns a promotion in place of the dropped Thomas Leuluai, who misses out on the 21 altogether. Levi has played all of his three tests from the bench since his debut in round one of the World Cup. "In the last three games, from what we have seen, he thoroughly deserves that starting spot," Kiwis coach David Kidwell said on Tuesday. Te Maire Martin, meanwhile, has also been promoted to the starting 13, partnering Shaun Johnson in the halves. That sees Kodi Nikorima, who was at standoff for the loss against Tonga, set to play a utility role in jersey 17. Adam Blair will again skipper the side from lock, while three other Wellington men, Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine and Nelson Asofa-Solomona, will also get their chance to play in front of their home fans. Kidwell said it was important to play "tough and smart football", with the latter lacking against Tonga. He said the preparation so far this week in Wellington had been "faultless" and, following a tough training session on Tuesday, the players would have Wednesday off. Kiwis v Fiji:1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak3. Dean Whare4. Brad Takairangi5. Jordan Rapana6. Te Maire Martin7. Shaun Johnson8. Martin Taupau9. Danny Levi10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves11. Simon Mannering12. Joseph Tapine13. Adam Blair14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 15. Russell Packer16. Isaac Liu17. Kodi Nikorima LISTEN TO DAVID KIDWELL TALK WITH D'ARCY AND GORAN ABOVE - with content from NZ Newswire

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