MATTHEW RIDGE TO CAPTAIN NEW ZEALAND RUGBY SQUAD

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Matthew Ridge will captain a New Zealand squad including four British- based players - Tony Kemp and Kevin Iro of Leeds, Wigan's Henry Paul and Brendon Tuuta of Featherstone - in their squad for the Halifax Centenary World Cup. A notable absentee is the injured Frano Botica, who is interesting Leeds now that he has turned down a new contract with the Auckland Warriors.

NEW ZEALAND SQUAD (Halifax Centenary World Cup, 7-28 Oct): Backs: M Ridge (capt), R Blackmore, G Ngamu, S Jones, R Barnett, K Iro, T Kemp, G Freeman, S Hoppe, D Halligan, J Timu, J Williams, H Paul, R Wiki. Forwards: J Lomax (vice-capt), J Lowrie, Q Pongia, S Eru, S Kearney, H Okesene, B Stuart, T Iro, M Horo, B Tuuta.

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