Kiwis captain Mannering out of Anzac test

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 20:49 19/04/2013
Simon Mannering
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MISSING OUT: Captain Simon Mannering has suffered a late injury and will miss tonight's test.

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The Kiwis have suffered a late injury blow before tonight's Anzac Test against the Kangaroos in Canberra with new captain Simon Mannering ruled out with a calf injury.

Mannering has been replaced as skipper by five-eighth Kieran Foran while Melbourne Storm second rower Tohu Harris makes an unexpected test debut.

Alex Glenn starts at lock in place of Mannering while 21-year-old Harris comes on to the interchange bench.

Harris, who made his NRL debut this season, joined the squad after club mate Kevin Proctor was included in the run-on side when Jeremy Smith was suspended for a head slam tackle while playing for Newcastle against Penrith last weekend.

Mannering needed an ice pack applied to his left calf during Tuesday's training session but the injury was not initially expected to postpone his first test as Benji Marshall's successor.

Marshall was also unavailable for selection due to a toe injury; the Kiwis hopes of winning the Anzac Test for the first time since 1998 have also been harmed by Sonny Bill Williams also being ruled out with a knee injury.

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