Sydney Roosters forward Boyd Cordner will captain the Kangaroos’ squad for the Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.
Cordner will replace Greg Inglis, who was today stood down for the matches, to be played on October 13 and October 20 at Mt Smart Stadium.
South Sydney Rabbitohs player Dane Gagai has been added to the squad following the withdrawal of Inglis.
Cordner will be the first player from the Roosters to Captain the Kangaroos since Brad Fittler in 2001.
He will also be the first New South Wales Captain to skipper the Kangaroos since Danny Buderus in 2005.
“Both Boyd and Greg were strong candidates for the captaincy so clearly Boyd was next in line,” Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said.
“Boyd has had exceptional success as a leader this season.
“He skippered NSW to a State of Origin series victory and also captained Sydney Roosters to a Premiership.
“Being able to captain the Kangaroos will cap a great year for him.”
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The updated squad, listed alphabetically, is as follows:
Player NRL Club Junior Club
Reagan Campbell-Gillard Penrith Panthers Windsor Wolves
Daly Cherry-Evans Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Mackay Brothers
Damien Cook South Sydney Rabbitohs Helensburgh Tigers
Boyd Cordner (c) Sydney Roosters Old Bar Pirates
Tyson Frizell St George Illawarra Dragons Corrimal Cougars
Dane Gagai South Sydney Rabbitohs Souths Sharks
Valentine Holmes Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Western Lions/Townsville
Ben Hunt St George Illawarra Dragons Blackwater Crushers
Felise Kaufusi Melbourne Storm Bundaberg Brothers
David Klemmer Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs All Saints Toongabbie
Josh McGuire Brisbane Broncos Aspley
Jordan McLean North Queensland Cowboys Young Cherrypickers
Latrell Mitchell Sydney Roosters Taree Red Rovers
Cameron Munster Melbourne Storm Norths Knights
Tyrone Peachey Penrith Panthers Wellington Cowboys/Cronulla-Caringbah
James Tedesco Sydney Roosters Camden Rams
Jake Trbojevic Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Mona Vale Raiders
Tom Trbojevic Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Mona Vale Raiders
Aaron Woods Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Leichhardt Juniors