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    New Zealand Kiwis vs Australian Kangaroos
    Saturday, 13 October 2018 Mt Smart Stadium

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    Five debutants join returning stars in Kiwis squad
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    Shaun Johnson, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor are set to return to the New Zealand team for the October 13 Test against Australia at Mt Smart Stadium after being chosen in an extended squad which features Sydney Roosters centre Joseph Manu among five debutants.

    Manu was one of three members of the grand final winning Roosters team in the 23-man squad, along with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and lock Isaac Liu, while forward Zane Tetevano was denied his Kiwis debut after suffering a leg injury in Sunday night's 21-6 defeat of Melbourne.

    Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona was also ruled out by an ankle injury but Bromwich - the former New Zealand captain - returns to the Test team after he and Proctor were stood down for last year's World Cup following an off-field incident in Canberra.

    Melbourne team-mates Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughes and Kenneath Bromwich have also been chosen by Kiwis coach Michael Maguire in a squad containing a mixture of experience and youth.

    In Bromwich, Blair, Proctor, Waerea-Hargreaves and Manly prop Martin Taupau, New Zealand will boast a seasoned forward pack brimming with Test experience.

    Smith is expected to play hooker, with Brisbane's Kodi Nikorima to partner Johnson in the halves and Penrith's Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to play fullback in the absence of Dally M Medalist Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who suffered a knee injury during the NRL finals series.

    Tuivasa-Sheck's Warriors team-mates Issac Luke and Tohu Harris were also unavailable due to injury but 19-year-old second rower Isaiah Papali'i has been included, along with Johnson, Blair, centre Gerard Beale and winger Ken Maumalo.

    Canterbury-bound second-rower Corey Harawira-Naera is the fifth uncapped member of the squad, along with Manu, Smith, Hughes and Papali'i.

    The selection of the quintet follows the introduction of seven Kiwi debutants for June's Denver Test against England.

    Maumalo, Brisbane winger Jamayne Isaako, Wests Tigers centre Esan Marsters and Warriors-bound prop Leeson Ah Mau have again been chosen, while Bulldogs forward Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Newcastle pair Slade Griffin and Herman Ese'ese were ruled out due to injury.

    "This is a new era for the Kiwis and that's again reflected in the make-up of this squad as it was for the Denver Test," Maguire said.

    "A lot of experienced players have moved on in recent years in the shape of Simon Mannering, Thomas Leuluai, Manu Vatuvei, Jason Nightingale, Ben Matulino, Kieran Foran, Russell Packer and others.

    "We're also without Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke, Tohu Harris and Nelson Asofa-Solomona this time while there have been a number of players who have aligned themselves with Tonga.

    "For us it's really exciting bringing in these new players as we strive to take the national side to the place we want it to be. That starts with the Test against the Kangaroos.

    "It's a huge opportunity for us and for the sporting public having the world champions in our own backyard. We also have the Kiwi Ferns and the Junior Kiwis taking no Australia at Mount Smart Stadium."

    New Zealand squad
    Leeson Ah Mau (St George Illawarra Dragons), Gerard Beale (NZ Warriors), Adam Blair (NZ Warriors), Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm), Kenneath Bromwich (Melbourne Storm), James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers), Corey Harawira-Naera (Penrith Panthers), Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne Storm), Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos), Shaun Johnson (NZ Warriors), Issac Liu (Sydney Roosters), Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters), Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers), Ken Maumalo (NZ Warriors), Kodi Nikorima (Brisbane Broncos), Isaiah Papali'i (NZ Warriors), Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast Titans), Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders), Brandon Smith (Melbourne Storm), Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders), Martin Tapau (Manly Sea Eagles), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers).

    Kiwi Ferns squad
    Raquel Anderson-Pitman, Apii Nicholls, Langi Veainu, Amber Kani, Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala, Aieshaleigh Smalley, Laura Mariu, Onjeurlina Leiataua, Masuisuimatamaalii Tauasa-Pauaraisa (all Warriors), Ngatokotoru Arakua, Karley Te Kawa, Kimiora Nati, Teuila Fotu-Moala, Maitua Feterika, Lavinia Gould, Lilieta Maumau (all Broncos), Honey Hireme, Raecene McGregor (both Dragons), Nita Maynard (Roosters)

    Junior Kiwis
    Emry Pere, Peter Hola, Sean Mullany (all Cowboys), Joe Vuna, Isaiah Papali'i, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Hayze Perham, Tom Ale, Paul Turner (all Warriors), Lucky Ta'avale, Mawene Hiroti (both Rabbitohs), Steven Marsters (Dragons); Morgan Harper (Bulldogs); Kelma Tuilagi, Kayleb Milne (both Storm), Dean Blore (Panthers); Paul Roache (Raiders) ; Jordan Riki (Broncos); Jackson Ferris (Sharks)

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    Inglis to lead new-look Kangaroos squad
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    Greg Inglis will captain Australia's Kangaroos in their upcoming Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga, while the Roosters have been rewarded for their 14th first grade premiership with players gaining rep jumpers.

    Alongside NSW Origin skipper and incumbent Test back-rower Boyd Cordner, Roosters teammates Latrell Mitchell and James Tedesco have been named in Mal Meninga's 19-man squad for the Kiwis and Mate Ma'a games.

    Centre Joseph Manu, a 2015 Junior Kiwis player, was named in the senior Kiwis side to play his Roosters teammates at Mt Smart Stadium on October 13. Fellow Roosters Isaac Liu and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves were included in the NZ forward pack.

    Another member of the Roosters NRL premiership winners, Victor Radley, has been named with teammate Sean O'Sullivan in the Junior Kangaroos side, who will play one of the curtain-raiser games with the Jillaroos-Kiwis Ferns women's Test.

    Dual premiership-winning five-eighth Luke Keary was named as "a shadow" player by Meninga, in case incumbent No.6 Cameron Munster fell foul of the NRL judiciary for striking Joseph Manu in Sunday night's 21-6 grand final win over Melbourne.

    But Munster was fined $1,400 on low-grade contrary conduct charge.

    The Storm had their Kangaroos quota cut severely with the retirements of Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk. There are only two for this Test series - Munster and Felise Kaufusi.

    The Kangaroos will feature a new-look spine, with Tedesco, Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans and Damien Cook to fill the fullback, five-eighth, halfback and hooker roles. Munster is the only survivor from the World Cup final in December 2017 - the last time the Australians played a Test match.

    Tyrone Peachey is the fourth debutant in the squad alongside Mitchell, Tedesco and Cook.

    "This is a new era for the Kangaroos and it is a very exciting one, based on the talent available," Meninga said.

    "There is certainly a strong showing from the NSW squad which won the State of Origin series and we have a number of players who performed exceptionally well through the Telstra Premiership Finals Series as well as in the grand final."

    There are just seven Queenslanders in Meninga's 19-player squad to reflect the Blues success. Meninga also named his squad alphabetically as he was one dilemma to solve - Inglis or Mitchell on the left-edge as both centres play there for their respective clubs.

    "We'll make those decisions when we come into camp. They both play left but we believe either GI or Latrell can play on the right as well," Meninga said.

    Meninga said two players he felt for were Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs) and Will Chambers (Storm) as they lost their places.

    "They fully understand that it's a real prestige and honour to play with the Kangaroos, and while loyalty plays its part at times, you've got to go on form as well," Meninga said.

    "And you look at the Origin series and the players that have been picked going into the finals, they deserve to be there."

    But Cherry-Evans returns after a four-year absence with Meninga applauding his resilience in the tough year Manly had with injury and salary cap concerns.

    "The way he's led the Manly side through all the drama that's happened this year and kept the team on track, kept playing really well for his club, made his return to the Queensland Origin team," Meninga said.

    "He's matured as a leader at Manly and will handle the position really well."

    Ben Hunt and Tyrone Peachey will fight it out for the bench spot as they can both play in the halves and at hooker.

    The Kangaroos have not played the Kiwis in New Zealand for four years, and have not played in Auckland since the 2012 game at Eden Park (Australian won 2012).

    Kangaroos squad
    Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Panthers)
    Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
    Damien Cook (Rabbitohs)
    Boyd Cordner (Roosters)
    Tyson Frizell (Dragons)
    Valentine Holmes (Sharks)
    Ben Hunt (Dragons)
    Greg Inglis (c, Rabbitohs)
    Felise Kaufusi (Storm)
    David Klemmer (Bulldogs)
    Josh McGuire (Broncos)
    Jordan McLean (Cowboys)
    Latrell Mitchell (Roosters)
    Cameron Munster (Storm)
    Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
    James Tedesco (Roosters)
    Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
    Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
    Aaron Woods (Sharks)

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    Kangaroos honour WWI heroes ahead of Kiwis Test

    Australian players will draw inspiration from the sacrifices of seven former Kangaroos who lost their lives in World War I when they face New Zealand in Saturday's trans-Tasman Test at Mt Smart Stadium.

    The Kangaroos trained in brown jerseys, which were based on those worn by the Australian team in the first Test after World War I in 1919, when they took part in a captain's run at Eden Park on Friday, while each player has VII embroidered on their shorts.

    Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga told a press conference after the training session that his players had been learning the stories of each of the seven former Australian internationals who had died in battle during World War I.

    "It is 100 years since the end of World War I. The Kangaroos played a Test match straight after the war and that commemorates the jersey worn," Meninga said.

    "The story behind the colour is that they didn't want to take any of the green dye for the soldier's uniforms. That is why we decided to use that as part of the captain's run."

    Cordner, who will captain Australia for the first time in the Test, said the players felt strongly about respecting the history of the Kangaroos.

    "We had seven Kangaroos that sacrificed their life to go over and fight in that war," Cordner said.

    "There is a lot of history in that jersey and it is about respecting that and respecting those guys who paved the way for us."

    The seven include Frank Cheadle, the player honoured as the second Kangaroos representative after Dally Messenger. The others were Edward Baird (No.15), George Duffin (No.45), Johnno Stuntz (No.51), Edward Buckley (No.61), Charlie Savory (No.75) and Bob Tidyman (No.94).

    Meninga took the Australian players, including the Jillaroos and Junior Kangaroos, to an army barracks in Brisbane last Sunday night to learn about the history of the war, and they are reminded about the fallen seven by the embroidered VII on their training shorts.

    "That signifies the seven Kangaroos who put their lives on the line in World War I, starting with Frank Cheadle, who is Kangaroo No.2," Meninga said.

    "We are just telling the stories of those soldiers and those Kangaroos. Some of the stories behind that are inspiring and it is important that werecognise the significance of that."

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