Kiwis Make Late Replacement for World Cup Nines
Auckland, New Zealand, October 18, 2019 – New Zealand Kiwis head coach Michael Maguire has today confirmed veteran
forward Adam Blair has been brought into the squad for the World Cup Nines at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney starting
He arrived from Auckland early this morning in time for the team’s final training session at Leichhardt Oval before
tomorrow night’s opening pool game against Australia (9.00pm kick-off local time).
Blair (33), with 48 Tests and 311 NRL appearances to his name, comes in for would-be debutant Braden Hamlin-Uele. The
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks interchange forward will sit out the World Cup Nines to prepare for the Tests to follow
against the Kangaroos and the Great Britain Lions.
Blair had an eventful last 24 hours before joining the team, flying home to Auckland just yesterday after a family
holiday on the Gold Coast and then being booked on an early flight to Sydney today.
Earlier in the week Sydney Roosters forward Zane Tetevano and Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad replaced
the unavailable James Fisher-Harris and Jordan Rapana.