The Australian Rugby League Commission has today selected the following players to represent the Australian Kangaroos in the 2016 Four Nations tournament.
The 24-man squad to play in the Four Nations in the UK against England, New Zealand and Scotland contains seven potential Kangaroos debutants – Shannon Boyd, Jake Friend, Tyson Frizell, Valentine Holmes, James Maloney, Matt Moylan and Justin O’Neill.
The squad for the October 15 Test match against New Zealand at Perth’s nib Stadium will come from the 24 players named today, and will be confirmed early next week.
“This is a new era for the Kangaroos and the squad which has been selected for the Four Nations tournament reflects that,” Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said.
“This squad has been selected for the present, but with an eye to the future.
“It is extremely heartening to see the players buy in and the quality of the players available highlights that.
“We have very experienced Test players as well as some outstanding young players who have big futures in the green and gold.”
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the selectors had been informed that both Semi Radradra and Andrew Fifita were not eligible for selection for the tournament.
“In Semi’s case, while he has pleaded not guilty, he has charges to answer at the end of the tournament,” Mr Greenberg said.
“We don’t want either him or the team to be distracted by this matter and have decided he will not be eligible for selection on this occasion.
“In Andrew’s case, selection for the Australian team requires standards on and off the field and as he is currently under investigation by the Integrity Unit, we believe he still has some way to go to meet those off field standards.”
The Australian Four Nations squad will depart for Perth this Sunday (October 9), farewelled at a special Kangaroos reunion at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Kangaroos will come together this Thursday for a media opportunity. Details of the media opportunity will be released on Wednesday.
For updated player profiles of the 2016 Kangaroos Four Nations squad, please click here.
For a fact pack on the 2016 Kangaroos Four Nations squad, please click here.
The 2016 Kangaroos squad is:
|Player||NRL Club||Junior Club|
|Cameron Smith ©||Melbourne Storm||Logan Brothers|
|Darius Boyd||Brisbane Broncos||Mudgeeraba Redbacks|
|Shannon Boyd||Canberra Raiders||Cowra Magpies|
|Boyd Cordner||Sydney Roosters||Old Bar Pirates|
|Cooper Cronk||Melbourne Storm||Souths Acacia|
|Josh Dugan||St George Illawarra Dragons||South Tuggeranong Knights/Valley Dragons|
|Blake Ferguson||Sydney Roosters||Wellington Cowboys/Earlwood Saints|
|Jake Friend||Sydney Roosters||Noosa Pirates|
|Tyson Frizell||St George Illawarra Dragons||Corrimal Cougars|
|Matt Gillett||Brisbane Broncos||Bribie Island Warrigals|
|Valentine Holmes||Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks||Western Lions (Townsville)|
|Greg Inglis||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Bowraville Tigers|
|David Klemmer||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||All Saints Toongabbie|
|James Maloney||Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks||St Edwards, Gosford|
|Josh Mansour||Penrith Panthers||St Johns Eagles/Kingsgrove Colts|
|Trent Merrin||Penrith Panthers||Shellharbour Sharks|
|Michael Morgan||North Queensland Cowboys||Townsville Brothers|
|Matt Moylan||Penrith Panthers||St Patricks Blacktown/St Clair Comets|
|Justin O’Neill||North Queensland Cowboys||Hughenden Hawks/Townsville Brothers|
|Josh Papalii||Canberra Raiders||Logan Brothers|
|Matt Scott||North Queensland Cowboys||Longreach Tigers|
|Sam Thaiday||Brisbane Broncos||Townsville Brothers|
|Johnathan Thurston||North Queensland Cowboys||Souths Sunnybank|
|Aaron Woods||Wests Tigers||Leichhardt Juniors|