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NRL 2022: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, New Zealand Kiwis, World Cup, Sydney Roosters, suspension, ban unlikely to cost prop World Cup spot

New Zealand coach Michael Maguire is set to stick by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, despite the prop facing a three-match ban that may sideline him until the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

The Kiwis travel to England on September 30 and Maguire will be hoping a warm-up clash with Leeds on October 8 can be included in Waerea-Hargreaves’ suspension so he is available for the final pool match against Ireland.

If the Leeds clash does not count towards the ban, the Roosters veteran would be unavailable until New Zealand’s quarter-final, which is likely to be against Fiji in Hull on November 5.

Captain Jesse Bromwich, his Storm team-mate Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Raiders prop Joseph Tapine and Penrith’s James Fisher-Harris and Moses Leota are expected to be among the other middle forwards chosen, so Maguire has depth at his disposal.