NZ Kiwis veteran Simon Mannering (Kiwi #731) has been ruled out of the upcoming Four Nations campaign in England.
He did not travel to Perth for the test match against Australia to give him an extra week to recover from a minor knee injury, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough time.
“He’s up and running, but his knee isn’t game ready,” said Kiwis team doctor Greg Macleod.
“We have maintained regular contact with the NZ Warriors medical staff and we were optimistic that Simon would be ready for the tour. It turns out he needs a bit more time to make a full recovery.”
Penrith Panthers forward James Fisher-Hariis (20) replaces the former Kiwis captain.
Kiwis coach David Kidwell is excited to have Fisher-Harris in the squad.
“He was really high on our list for the initial squad, but narrowly missed out. We are fortunate to have this calibre of player to call on.
“He’s come through the NZRL pathways and has performed at a very high level in the NRL. I’m looking forward to getting him in camp.”
“Simon is a big loss for us. His leadership, experience and work ethic are really valuable, but I’m confident in my senior playing group to demonstrate those characteristics, on and off the field.”
Fisher-Harris will join the team tomorrow, when they assemble in Auckland before leaving for England.