Dean Whare during the New Zealand Kiwis training session ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Patterson Park, Ngaruawahia, near Hamilton, New Zealand. Friday 20 October 2017 © Copyright Photo: Stephen Barker / www.Photosport.nz

Whare named in Kiwis side

Panthers centre Dean Whare will make his first appearance at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after being named in the New Zealand side to face Scotland in Christchurch.

Shaun Johnson will have a new halves partner with Te Maire Martin to wear the number six jersey in just his second Test.

Jason Nightingale and Peta Hiku also get starts in a reshaped backline while Addin Fonua-Blake is set to earn his first Kiwis cap coming off the bench.

Kenny Bromwich is fit to start in the back row and Elijah Taylor will start at hooker, rounding out seven changes to the side that beat Samoa 38-8 at Mt Smart Stadium.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Russell Packer and Danny Levi will again provide spark off the bench.

Thomas Leuluai and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak are 18th and 19th men respectively.

New Zealand v Scotland, Christchurch Stadium, 4 November 2017

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2 Jason Nightingale
3 Dean Whare
4 Brad Takairangi
5 Peta Hiku
6 Te Maire Martin
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Martin Taupau
9 Elijah Taylor
10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
11 Kenny Bromwich
12 Joseph Tapine
13 Adam Blair (c)

14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
15 Russell Packer
16 Addin Fonua-Blake
17 Danny Levi 

18 Thomas Leuluai
19 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
20 Simon Mannering
21 Jordan Rapana