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Kidwell tight-lipped on five-eighth choice

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/11/2016 Ian McCullough

<span style="font-size:13px;">New Zealand coach David Kidwell has cranked up the mind games ahead of the Four Nations final by refusing to reveal who'll play five-eighth against Australia.</span> © Hannah Peters/Getty Images New Zealand coach David Kidwell has cranked up the mind games ahead of the Four Nations final by refusing to reveal who'll play five-eighth against Australia. Australia must wait until an hour before kick-off to find out who'll play five-eighth for New Zealand with Kiwi coach David Kidwell attempting to crank up the mind games ahead of the Four Nations final.

In complete contrast to the relaxed Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, a taciturn Kidwell gave little away and said there was nothing in the rules telling him he had to name his starting side before the day of the game.

Kidwell named a 19-man squad on Friday with veteran winger Jason Nightingale and prop Jared Waerea_Hargreaves the biggest omissions from the squad.

However, with Tohu Harris and Te Mari Martin both training on Saturday morning at Anfield, Kidwell said he had made his mind up about who'll wear the No.6 jumper vacated by the injured Thomas Leuluai but not even his players knew.

"You'll all find out an hour before the game," Kidwell said when quizzed on his final team selection for the showdown on Sunday (0130 AEDT, Monday).

"We've had great preparation, and we know what we need to do so hopefuly we can get a result on Sunday."

The rookie coach, in only his fifth match in charge since replacing Steve Kearney in September, said it was difficult telling Nigtingale and Waerea-Hargreaves they had been axed but it was a decsion he had to make.

Warriors winger David Fusitu'a is preferred to St Geroge Illawarra's Nightingale and Hargreaves missing out after a knee injury sidelined him for the loss to the Kangaroos two weeks ago.

"It was a couple of tough decisions, playng everyone on the tour made it tough, but some people in the team put their hands up and there is no more opportuinities, it's time to win.

"I have full confidence in David and the job that he needs to do, we're looking to win the game on Sunday and that is our goal."

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