Kangaroos name strong squad for Kiwis test

first_imgPhoto: Paul Kane (Cameron Smith will win his 50th cap when he leads Australia against the Kiwis next week). The match, which will take place at Canberra’s GIO Stadium on May 5, will be Australian skipper Cameron Smith’s 50th test match, as well as his 27th as captain.Smith will become just the second player to play 50 test matches for Australia, behind Darren Lockyer (59), while he will also join Clive Churchill as Australia’s second most capped captain.The 20-man squad contains five club captains (or co-captains) – Darius Boyd (Brisbane), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm) and Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters).Canterbury forward David Klemmer has replaced injured prop Matt Scott in the starting line-up, while St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan comes into the side at centre for Greg Inglis.”This is an incredibly important game for us, coming in a World Cup year,” Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said.”Any test match is important, but the fact this will be Cameron’s 50th test match certainly adds some extra significance.””Cameron’s incredible milestones will form a significant part of our week.”Meninga said that given the short preparation, he and Kangaroos selectors had looked to reward those who played in the successful Four Nations campaign in 2016.”Not only do these players have established combinations with each other, but they are also well aware of our values,” Meninga said.”However the State of Origin series and then the remainder of the NRL Premiership will be major considerations when we look to name our squad for the World Cup later this year.”The Kangaroos squad will assemble on Monday in Canberra.AT A GLANCEAustralia’s 2017 Anzac Test squad:1 Darius Boyd 2 Blake Ferguson 3 Josh Dugan 4 Will Chambers 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Johnathan Thurston 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Aaron Woods 9 Cameron Smith 10 David Klemmer 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Matt Gillett 13 Trent Merrin 14 Michael Morgan 15 Josh Papalii 16 Tyson Frizell 17 Sam Thaiday. 18th man Shannon Boyd, 19th man James Maloney, 20th man Justin O’Neill.last_img read more