According to an article in the Daily Telegraph today, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is set to drop off the extended bench after being confirmed as the 19th man for the squad.
He and fellow debutant Tohu Harris — drafted in to replace the suspended Jeremy Smith — will watch from the sidelines unless injury knocks out a winger or back-rower before the match.
But The Sheck has copped the typical hazing ritual inflicted on rookies, according to an article on Stuff.co.nz today:
He was encircled by his new teammates when caught with his shorts down — and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck can expect another protective blanket to form if he makes his Kiwis debut in Friday’s Anzac Test in Canberra.
The 19-year-old joined a Kiwis camp for the first time on Sunday and yesterday was made to feel awkwardly welcome when he tackled the team’s initiation process.
First the Sydney Roosters rookie had to make a speech, and sing a song (“Hey Baby”) on the team bus en route to training.
Then, during a relaxed session, he fulfilled another requirement — performing the haka in his underwear.
“It was a bit embarrassing but it something you’ve got to do,” said Tuivasa-Sheck, as he takes in his new environment.
Tuivasa-Sheck played the curtain raiser to the last trans-Tasman clash in Townsville last October for the Junior Kiwis and can scarcely comprehend his promotion to the senior team.
The wing/fullback is the only uncapped player included in the squad and today he could be preparing for a role on the right edge of the Kiwis attack at Canberra Stadium.
As expected, former Roosters winger Sam Perrett — who The Sheck replaced on the wing following his defection in the middle of 2012 to the Bulldogs — has been named with Jason nightingale on the wing. Fellow Roosters Shaun Kenny Dowall and Jared Waerea-hargreaves have been named to start for the New Zealand team, with Kenny Dowall named alongside the Panthers’ Dean Whare in the centres, while JWH has been named to start in the front row followign asuperb opening to the season.
The New Zealand squad as named in The Daily Telegraph:
Josh Hoffman, Sam Perrett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Dean Whare, Jason Nightingale, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Jesse Bromwich, Issac Luke, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank Pritchard, Kevin Proctor, Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: Elijah Taylor, Sam McKendry, Ben Matulino, Alex Glenn, Tohu Harris, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (two to be omitted)