Perrett to replace Vatuvei for Kiwi v PNG Test
At least one change and maybe more will be confirmed on Wednesday morning when the Kiwi team is named for Saturday night’s 2010 Four Nations encounter with Papua New Guinea at Rotorua’s International Stadium. <br><br> With Manu Vatuvei out of the tournament with a broken arm, Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney has been forced to make a change on the left wing. <br><br> Expected to replace the 24-year-old Vatuvei is 16-Test veteran Sam Perrett, who played for the beaten Sydney Roosters side in this year’s NRL grand final. He was used on the right wing in this year’s Anzac Test in Melbourne but St George Illawarra’s premiership-winning wing Jason Nightingale was chosen for the Kiwis’ victories over Toa Samoa and England in the past fortnight. <br><br> The Kiwis are now down to 22 players for the Four Nations. Those not used in the opening match in Wellington last Saturday night were Perrett, Sika Manu and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves as well as the three newcomers Lewis Brown, Sam McKendry and Antonio Winterstein. As he did for the wins against Toa Samoa (50-6) and England (24-10), Kearney is likely to name a 19-man squad to prepare for the Papua New Guinea clash. <br><br> After a series of team-building activities at some of Rotorua’s tourist attractions over the last two days, the Kiwis will lock back into Test football mode on Wednesday. <br><br> They’ll have a joint breakfast with the New Zealand Residents in their hotel before an opposed training session against the Residents at the International Stadium. The Kiwis will also have a strength session in the afternoon. <br><br> After whitewater rafting on Kaituna River on Monday, the Kiwis – split into five teams – took on a variety of challenges on Tuesday including the Swoop, Shweeb, Rotorua Bungy, Agrojet and Freefall Xtreme at Agroventures before trying their hand at Zorbing. <br><br> The action finished on a new 1.2km race track at Mamaku on the outskirts of Rotorua. There Off Road NZ has introduced Raceline Karting, which everyone in the Kiwi squad had a crack at. When all the times were analysed, loose forward Jeremy Smith had produced the fastest lap time. <br><br> Meanwhile, the Papua New Guinea team arrived in Rotorua on Tuesday afternoon and hit the training field almost immediately. The Kumuls, beaten 42-0 by Australia in their first Four Nations match on Sunday, are set to play their first Test in New Zealand since 1996. <br><br> For more information on the 2010 Four Nations go to <a href="http://www.rlfournations.com">www.rlfournations.com</a> and join us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/fournations">Facebook</a>.