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New Zealand hit by Soliola injury

Sia Soliola
Soliola was told he risked serious injury if he played in the World Cup

New Zealand centre Sia Soliola is out of the World Cup because of a shoulder injury and has been replaced by Wests Tigers forward Bronson Harrison.

"This is a huge blow for me," said the 22-year-old Sydney Roosters player. "The toughest thing was telling the boys I had to pull out of the team."

The loss of Soliola is another blow to the Kiwis, who are already missing prop Jeff Lima and full-back Brent Webb.

The Kiwis, coached by Stephen Kearney, face hosts Australia on Sunday.

"Sia was always a vital part of our squad and he contributed so much from the moment we came together as a group two weeks ago," said Kearney.

"It's disappointing for all of us that he won't be a part of it but we're also pleased we can call on a player like Bronson."

see also
Kiwi Webb forced out of World Cup
08 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup squads
14 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup 2008 fixtures
08 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup Quiz
17 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
World Cup 2008 - players to watch
14 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup history
21 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup on the BBC
06 Oct 08 |  Rugby League


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