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Mannering hopes exiled duo return for NZ

Kiwis veteran Simon Mannering hopes to see exiled duo Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor back in black sooner rather than later.

The pair, both senior Kiwis, were seen snorting a substance thought to be cocaine after their side's 30-12 loss to Australia in May's Anzac Day Test in Canberra.

They were duly barred from Rugby League World Cup selection by coach David Kidwell, and watched the side's first-up wins over Samoa and Scotland from home.

Mannering - a former Test captain with 43 caps to his name - has remained in contact with Bromwich, for whom the Kiwis jumper remains a lure.

He'd be happy to see both players return post-Cup.

"I know from speaking to both of them - probably more Jesse of late - that they're still very passionate about this team and the jersey and, as a teammate, I'm looking forward to the next chance I get to play alongside them," Mannering said.

"What's done is done, we all make mistakes.

"They've been through that process and we have as a group as well - hopefully we see them back in the jersey sometime soon."

Mannering insisted the pair, who play for Melbourne and Gold Coast respectively in the NRL, remain a valued part of the Kiwis team.

Their absences have given Joseph Tapine a chance in the Kiwis' back row and Marty Taupau a starting role at prop, with both performing well so far.

The Kiwis will play Tonga on Saturday to settle Pool B.


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