England make two changes ahead of third Test

England head coach Steve McNamara has made two changes from the side that lost the second Test to New Zealand ahead of the decider.

Matty Smith and Jermaine McGillvary come into the side while Leroy Cudjoe and Ben Westwood miss out.

However, there is still no place for Castleford half-back Luke Gale.

New Zealand won 9-2 at the Olympic Stadium last weekend to square the series at 1-1 ahead of this Saturday’s decider at the DW Stadium.

“We have had a great week with our preparation and the players are ready to take on a strong New Zealand side,” said McNamara.

“The players are well aware of the importance of the game and the improvements we have to make from our previous matches to give ourselves every chance of beating New Zealand.

“We will have to be at our best to win, but we’ll relish the pressure of playing against a quality team in front of a full house at Wigan.”

McGillvary, who was Super League’s top try scorer last season, will make his international debut should he be selected in the final XVII.

England team to play New Zealand from:
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors)

Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Mike Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)

Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants)

James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos)

Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos)

Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves)

Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders)

Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

Sean O’Loughlin, captain (Wigan Warriors)

James Roby (St Helens)

Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors)

Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos)

Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons)

Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors)


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