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Kidwell: Kiwis' JWH passionate like me

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/10/2016 Angelo Risso

David Kidwell of New Zealand © Hannah Peters/Getty Images David Kidwell of New Zealand Kiwis boss David Kidwell says he sees a little of himself in returning Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Waerea-Hargreaves, 27, will make his first appearance in the black jumper for almost three years on Saturday against the Kangaroos in Perth.

He has been named alongside skipper Jesse Bromwich in the front row and is expected to retain his first-choice status in November's Four Nations campaign.

The bullish forward made 17 appearances for his country to 2013, before being overlooked after the side's 34-2 loss to Australia in the World Cup final.

A potential return to the Test fold was also scuppered by a serious knee injury at the back end of the 2015 NRL series.

Kidwell said Waerea-Hargreaves' strong late-season form with the Roosters, who fell well short of the finals series, had forced his hand.

The new Kiwis boss was also known for his ferocious and aggressive style of play from the back row.

"He's a great guy, he reminds me of myself," Kidwell said.

"You get an opportunity to take (a spot) again, you make sure of it with age, you look at things a bit differently."

Kidwell was encouraged by the way his side had gelled after three days in camp together, but wasn't about to give away his plan for victory.

Stalwart Simon Mannering will miss the match but should be fit for the trip to England, while Kevin Proctor arrived in camp on Wednesday after his child's birth.

Kidwell said his side had learned plenty of lessons from their 16-0 loss to the Kangaroos in May.

He expected the right sort of spirit from his side after emphasising the importance of Te Iwi Kiwi culture following his appointment to the top job.

"In this short week, we're getting our performance right and making sure our environment is right so everything's nice and clear," Kidwell said.

"The cohesion gets stronger and stronger."

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