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New Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi is one of four NRL players given permission by their clubs to play in next week's one-off rugby league clash between New Zealand and Great Britain.
Toopi joins Melbourne's David Kidwell and the Bulldogs' Ben Roberts in the Kiwis squad, while Sydney Roosters prop Adrian Morley will line up for Great Britain. New Zealand coach Brian McClennan initially named a 22-man squad containing three other NRL players ? Greg Eastwood (Brisbane), Fuifui Moimoi (Parramatta) and Iosia Soliola (Sydney Roosters) - but the Eels and Roosters refused to release their men.
The Broncos initially gave Eastwood permission but he's been ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up on the weekend. The game will be played at St Helens on Wednesday week, Australian time.