Foran hurt as Kiwis edge Lions in Test

Kenny Bromwich of the Kiwis (C) tackles Ryan Hall of Great Britain (L). Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Kieran Foran's luckless run of injuries has continued after suffering a dislocated shoulder in New Zealand's gritty 12-8 rugby league Test win over Great Britain.

Making his first Kiwi appearance in more than two years, Foran came reeling out of a tackle on James Graham in the sixth minute at Eden Park on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Foran was limited to 14 games this year for Canterbury due to ankle, hamstring and quad injuries, after playing just 12 matches in 2018.

His latest setback is the same shoulder that needed a reconstruction three years ago, which ended his one-year stint at Parramatta after nine games.

Another major surgery might result in him missing a further six months, possibly ruling him out of the first two months of the next NRL season.

"I'm shattered for Kieran. He is one hell of a fella, he put himself back in this arena. We will get around Kieran," Kiwis coach Michael Maguire said.

"No doubt he will get back to work and do what he does best which is get himself right. He was in in really good shape for this game.

"We were really excited for him as a group.

"To see him go down was devastating."

The injury soured a plucky win by the host nation, frustrating a Lions attack who failed to convert a 26-5 advantage in plays inside the opposition 20.

Great Britain winger Jermaine McGillvary had a chance to steal the win in the dying minutes but was forced into error by a desperate Kenny Bromwich tackle.

It is the second game in a row Great Britain have been kept to one try, however Lions coach Wayne Bennett isn't concerned by their lack of four-pointers

"I'm not going to lose any sleep over that. You must be watching a different game to me because the opposition only scored two as well," Bennett said.

"It was a lucky one last week in Tonga and there was one out there today we probably should've held up. The bottom line is, no one's scoring a lot of tries."

The first half delved into a dour contest between two conservative outfits, with Jamayne Isaako and Gareth Widdop penalties the only points.

It wasn't until Roger Tuivasa-Sheck produced a moment of brilliance in the 49th minute that the deadlock was finally broken.

After dummying past a slow-footed Alex Walmsley, the Warriors' captain produced a long-range flick pass for Isaako to score in the corner.

A driving effort from Corey Harawira-Naera extended the Kiwis' lead soon after, before the home side desperately held on in a tense finish.

Earlier on Saturday, hooker Brandon Smith was stood down for breaking team protocol with Kodi Nikorima being rushed into the squad.

The decision came after coach Michael Maguire dropped star halfback Shaun Johnson following last week's loss to Australia.

Bennett also confirmed Ryan Hall dislocated his knee, ruling him out of next week's re-match in Christchurch.