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I'm not good enough for Kiwis: Luke

NZN 27/04/2016

If Warriors hooker Issac Luke was Kiwis coach he would drop himself from the side to face Australia next week.

The New Zealand co-captain on the tour of Britain last year, Luke has found his form put under the spotlight since his off-season NRL move from South Sydney.

Test coach Stephen Kearney is due to name his line-up on Sunday night for the Test against the Kangaroos next week.

"To be honest, if I was Stephen Kearney now, I would probably leave me out, just because I'm not happy with my performance," Luke said on Thursday.

"I've been pretty up and down the whole season."

Luke said it hurt to acknowledge that and he would take selection for the Kiwis with both hands if Kearney stuck with him.

But he also said he had had to work hard every year to get into the Test side.

"This year I don't think I've matched the requirements for the Kiwi jersey."

Luke said he would also accept demotion to the bench for the Warriors' match against St George Illawarra on Sunday or even to reserve grade.

The Warriors are languishing in 13th position after a 42-0 thumping by Melbourne.

"In life, you have to go backwards to go forwards," Luke said.

He said it was something he had experienced at Souths.

"I've managed to react pretty well from it," he said.

"Hopefully I don't have to do that, but if that needs be, then I'm prepared for that."

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