Newcastle hooker Danny Levi has started 2017 in outstanding form, and along with the likes of impressive young playmaker Brock Lamb and hyped 2018 signing Kalyn Ponga, the hooker looks to be the future of the rebuilding Knights.
Mature, tough and boasting more than enough dummy-half nous for a 21-year-old, Levi is firming as New Zealand’s No.2 hooker as players jostle for World Cup squad favour.
The likes of Lewis Brown, Thomas Leuluai and Kenny Bromwich have occupied the bench utility role in recent times, while Kodi Nikorima would also be in the mix if he can regain a spot in the Broncos’ 17. But having a dummy-half specialist such as Levi in the squad would have to be an attractive option for David Kidwell.
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But if Issac Luke continues to produce the erratic, disinterested performances that have dominated his stint with the Warriors to date, Levi could be pitched into the Kiwis side for the Anzac Test.
Stephen Kearney left Luke out of the national team last May, and with wholehearted young No.9 options Jazz Tevaga, Erin Clark and Nathaniel Roache at the Warriors, the hard-nosed coach may be tempted to give the 39-Test veteran a spell in reserve grade to regain some perspective.