The Australian Rugby League Commission has finalised the team for Friday’s Anzac Test match against New Zealand.
Four new faces have been injected into the squad.
Cameron Smith returns to lead his twentieth Kangaroos test.
Crimson Dunstan reports.
It was a picture perfect moment.
The Kangaroos gathered at Anzac Square ahead of Friday’s Anzac Test match.
Up and coming players Alex Johnston, Josh Dugan, Will Chambers and Trent Merrin have been selected to make their debuts at Suncorp Stadium.
Luke Lewis, Kangaroos Player: “So it’s going to be a tough one for us, but we’re looking forward to the challenge we know its going to be a tough one and it will be a good spectacle for the fans as well.”
Fullback Billy Slater has been provisionally selected despite recovering from a shoulder injury.
He’s been out of NRL action for three weeks but the 25 test veteran is confident he will be fit for the game.
Billy Slater, Kangaroos Player: “I’ve got to be confident for Friday night. I’m not going to go out and be a liability for the side. I’ll make sure that I’m confident to play my role.”
Should Billy Slater fail to prove his fitness on Tuesday Greg Inglis is set to take his place as fullback for Friday’s Test match.
After being sacked by Canberra and seeing a Brisbane contract withdrawn, Josh Dugan’s return to the team is being described as the ‘ultimate redemption story’.
Josh Dugan, Kangaroos Player: “I’ve been doing the right thing since I’ve come back into the game and I’ll continue to do the right thing. It’s another milestone for me and I’m definitely proud of what I’ve achieved.”
This year’s only Test between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis kicks off at 7.45, a sell out crowd is expected.
Crimson Dunstan, QUT News.