Nine NSW-eligible players have been included in the Kangaroos squad for Friday week's Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan, Andrew Fifita, David Klemmer, Boyd Cordner, Trent Merrin, Tyson Frizell, Jordan McLean and James Maloney are included in the strong Australian line-up.

UPDATE: NSW VB Blues incumbent Andrew Fifita has been called in for Aaron Woods, who has withdrawn with a groin injury. Shannon Boyd has also been withdrawn with a lower leg injury, with NSW-eligible Jordan McLean replacing him as 18th man.

The team, featuring 17 likely starters and an 18th, 19th and 20th man, is as follows:

 

Position

Player

NRL Club

Fullback

Darius Boyd

Brisbane Broncos

Wing

Blake Ferguson

Sydney Roosters

Centre

Josh Dugan

St George Illawarra Dragons

Centre

Will Chambers

Melbourne Storm

Wing

Valentine Holmes

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Five-Eighth

Johnathan Thurston (vc)

North Queensland Cowboys

Halfback

Cooper Cronk

Melbourne Storm

Prop

Andrew Fifita

Cronulla Sharks

Hooker

Cameron Smith (c)

Melbourne Storm

Prop

David Klemmer

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Second Row

Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters

Second Row

Matt Gillett

Brisbane Broncos

Lock

Trent Merrin

Penrith Panthers

Interchange

Michael Morgan

North Queensland Cowboys

Interchange

Josh Papalii

Canberra Raiders

Interchange

Tyson Frizell

St George Illawarra Dragons

Interchange

Sam Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos

18th man

Jordan McLean

Melbourne Storm

19th man

James Maloney

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

20th man

Justin O’Neill

North Queensland Cowboys

 

The 2017 ANZAC Test match, against New Zealand at Canberra’s GIO Stadium on Friday, May 5, will be Australian Captain 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).
 
“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.”

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