Sonny Bill return put on ice
Sonny Bill Williams will have to wait another week to make his return for the Kiwis after being omitted from the side to play the Cook Islands.
Coach Stephen Kearney has decided to rest the players involved in the NRL Grand Final which means the Sydney Roosters forward will go straight into his team for the opening match of New Zealand's World Cup defence against Samoa at Warrington on Sunday, October 27.
With Manly Sea Eagles scrum-half Keiran Foran also rested, former Wigan favourite Thomas Leuluai will partner his New Zealand Warriors team-mate Shaun Johnson at half-back for Sunday's warm-up match at Doncaster.
The match does not carry Test-match status and both sides will play with a minimum of 18 players and unlimited interchange.
Team: J Hoffman;. J Nightingale, K Inu, D Whare, M Vatuvei; T Leuluai, S Johnson; J Bromwich, I Luke, S Kasiano, F Pritchard, S Mannering (capt), E Taylor. Replacements: G Eastwood, B Matulino, A Glenn, K Locke, B Goodwin.