Kearney is keen to keep more in reserve for London

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney.
New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney.
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New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has altered the make-up of his bench in an attempt to rescue the Test series with England.

He has named the same starting line-up for tomorrow’s second Test in London as he did in Sunday’s opening 26-12 defeat in Hull, but has brought in more experience among the replacements.

The Kiwis were 10-0 up early on but struggled when England’s bench players came on to add so much impact.

Veterans Lewis Brown, from Penrith, and Brisbane Broncos’ Alex Glenn come in to replace debutants Kodi Nikorima.

Kearney admitted: “Both these guys we’re bringing in were a bit unlucky to miss out the week before and offer a great deal of experience.

“Looking at last week’s game, that will be important for us this week. Lewis has done a great job for us in the past and Alex Glenn has had a wonderful year, so it’s just desserts for them.

“We’re in a position where we have to perform and these guys have done it for us before.”

England coach Steve McNamara has named the same 19-man squad as last week and is expected to stick with the same line-up, too, although Leroy Cudjoe and Ben Westwood are the ones pressing for a call.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have enjoyed a significant coup by beating Hull FC to the signing of highly-regarded former Leeds Rhinos winger Ben Jones-Bishop.

Jones-Bishop, 27, was an unused member of McNamara’s 2011 Four Nations England squad but has just finished a difficult season at Salford Red Devils having left Headingley.

He was only one year into a three-year deal, but Wakefield have not paid a fee for the gifted player who can also operate at full-back.

Bradford Bulls have signed Batley Bulldogs winger/full-back Johnny Campbell until the end of 2017.

Campbell, 28, is currently recovering from a serious leg break and badly dislocated ankle suffered in August, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Halifax have recruited former Featherstone Rovers centre Sam Smeaton from Sheffield Eagles and prop Gavin Bennion, who has spent the last year in Australia following his release from Warrington Wolves.