Taupau named in Kiwis squad

Powerful Manly Warringah Sea Eagles prop Martin Taupau could well line up against three of his Sea Eagles team-mates in Auckland on October 13.

Taupau has been named in the New Zealand Test squad for the clash against the Australian Kangaroos at Mt Smart Stadium, meaning he could go head to head against Daly Cherry-Evans, Jake Trbojevic and Tom Trbojevic following their selections in the Kangaroos squad.

The hard-running Taupau has already played 21 Tests for New Zealand.

It's the Kiwis' first Test against the Kangaroos on New Zealand soil since winning the 2014 Four Nations final in Wellington and the first time since 2012 that the countries have met in Auckland.

The last time New Zealand and Australia met at Mount Smart Stadium was in the 2006 Tri Nations.
Following the Test match against Australia, the Kiwis will play a three-Test series against England at KC Stadium, Hull (October 27), Anfield, Liverpool (November 4) and Elland Road, Leeds (November 10).

New Zealand Coach Michael Maguire said the four Tests presented an exciting opportunity for a new-look New Zealand squad.

"This is a new era for the Kiwis and that's again reflected in the make-up of this squad as it was for the Denver Test," Maguire said.

"A lot of experienced players have moved on in recent years in the shape of Simon Mannering, Thomas Leuluai, Manu Vatuvei, Jason Nightingale, Ben Matulino, Kieran Foran, Russell Packer and others.

"We're also without Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke, Tohu Harris and Nelson Asofa-Solomona this time while there have been a number of players who have aligned themselves with Tonga.

"For us it's really exciting bringing in these new players as we strive to take the national side to the place we want it to be. That starts with the Test against the Kangaroos.

"It's a huge opportunity for us and for the sporting public having the world champions in our own back yard. We also have the Kiwi Ferns and the Junior Kiwis taking no Australia at Mount Smart Stadium."