Kearney to leave Kiwis in Britain

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New Zealand are not planning to call upon any players from Super League for next month's international against Australia.

The Kiwi coach, Stephen Kearney, has decided not to select players like Wigan's Thomas Leuluai for the Trans-Tasman Test on 7 May. Bringing home players from Britain has caused major problems of club versus country in the past and the Test this year clashes with the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

Iosia Soliola of St Helens, Greg Eastwood of Leeds and Huddersfield's David Fa'alogo all played in the fixture last year, but were then all with Australian clubs, before joining Super League clubs this season.

Hull's former Australian Test hooker, Shaun Berrigan, broke his collarbone in the defeat at Leeds on Sunday. Berrigan will be out of action for eight weeks starting with this weekend's rematch between the same two clubs in the Challenge Cup. Danny Houghton is his likely replacement.

Hull hope to have Craig Fitzgibbon, Richard Horne and Danny Tickle back in their side at the KC Stadium, but Sean Long is unlikely to be fit.