Danny Levi, Te Maire Martin handed starts for Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup quarter-final

Kiwis coach David Kidwell has handed starts to rookie duo Te Maire Martin and Danny Levi for his side's Rugby League World Cup quarter-final against Fiji this Saturday.

After the 28-22 loss to Tonga in Hamilton, Levi replaces Thomas Leuluai as starting hooker, making his first Test match start in his hometown, while Martin comes in for Kodi Nikorima, who drops to the bench in a utility role.

Team hooker, and barber, Danny Levi, was picked ahead of his hero for this year's tournament. Source: 1 NEWS

It will be Levi's fourth time in the Kiwis jersey, having made his international debut for New Zealand in his side's tournament opener against Samoa last month.

Elsewhere, fellow Wellingtonians Joseph Tapine, Jordan Rapana and Nelson Asofa-Solomona will all also feature in their home city, as the Kiwis look to seal a spot in the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals.

KIWIS: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Brad Takairangi, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Martin Tapau, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 11. Simon Mannering, 12. Joseph Tapine, 13. Adam Blair (c).

Interchange: 14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 15. Russell Packer, 16. Isaac Liu, 17. Kodi Nikorima

Joseph Tapine urged his side to bounce back from their historic loss in Hamilton.
The Kiwis before taking on Tonga. Source: Photosport