Smith tempted to bring back Sinfield

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The Great Britain coach, Tony Smith, could change a winning side by bringing in any of the three players he has added to his squad for Saturday's second Test against New Zealand at Hull.

Leeds' Danny McGuire and Hull's Kirk Yeaman have been added to the 17 that beat New Zealand at Huddersfield last Saturday after missing that match through injuries. McGuire has recovered from a broken bone in his hand, while Yeaman has shaken off an ankle injury.

A second Rhino, Kevin Sinfield, is available again after missing the first Test with food poisoning. He was earmarked for the role of loose forward and main kicker in the first Test and reinstating him is the most likely change. That would mean Sean O'Loughlin dropping to the bench, with Jon Wilkin likely to miss out, although both did well at the Galpharm Stadium.

"If we feel a change is necessary, we'll make that change," said Smith, a strong admirer of Sinfield who he made captain at Leeds. "I've done that plenty of times before. I've been a bit renowned for doing that at times."

The Kiwi coach, Gary Kemble, says he is unconcerned by the tide of criticism back home following defeats in his first two games in charge. Since he took over from Brian McClennan in August, his side have lost 58-0 to Australia and 20-14 to Great Britain last weekend and there have already been calls in New Zealand for his sacking. "I'm doing the best I can and I'm very confident in the ability I've got, so I don't worry about those sort of things," he said.

Great Britain squad v New Zealand (KC Stadium, Hull, Saturday): S Burgess (Bradford), R Burrow (Leeds), G Ellis (Leeds), M Fa'asavalu (St Helens), A Gardner (St Helens), M Gleeson (Warrington), J Graham (St Helens), D McGuire (Leeds), T Newton (Bradford), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), J Peacock (Leeds, capt), L Pryce (St Helens), G Raynor (Hull), J Roby (St Helens), K Senior (Leeds), K Sinfield (Leeds), A Morley (Warrington), P Wellens (St Helens), J Wilkin (St Helens), K Yeaman (Hull).

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