Photo by Grant Trouville copyright nrlphotos.com :  International Rugby League Australia v New Zealand, Saturday 25th Oct 2014, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Congratulations to Josh Papalii who has been selected in the Australian team for the test match against New Zealand on May 6!

The Australian Rugby League Commission has today selected the following players to represent the Australian Kangaroos in the 2016 Downer Test Match.

Four debutants – wingers Semi Radradra and Blake Ferguson and interchange players Josh McGuire and Michael Morgan – will play against the New Zealand Kiwis at Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium on Friday, May 6.
 
The match will mark Mal Meninga’s first match as Coach of the Kangaroos.

“This is a well-balanced squad and I’m extremely happy with it,” Meninga said.
 
“We have some experience as well as a handful of younger players who I am looking forward to seeing in this arena.
 
“It is the fourth most experienced line-up in Australia’s Test history but there will also be four players making their debuts.
 
“This is an incredibly important game for this group. I want to ensure the players have pride in the national jumper and my goal is to establish the Kangaroos back at the top of the international rankings.
 
“We have a Four Nations tournament at the end of this year and then a World Cup in 2017. This is the start of an important journey for the Kangaroos.”
 
The 2016 Kangaroos squad is:

Position

Player

NRL Club

Junior Club

Fullback

Darius Boyd

Brisbane Broncos

Mudgeeraba Redbacks

Wing

Semi Radradra

Parramatta Eels

Wentworthville (NSW Cup)

Centre

Greg Inglis

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Bowraville Tigers

Centre

Josh Dugan

St George Illawarra Dragons

South Tuggeranong Knights/Valley Dragons

Wing

Blake Ferguson

Sydney Roosters

Wellington Cowboys/Earlwood Saints

Five-Eighth

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys

Souths Sunnybank

Halfback

Cooper Cronk

Melbourne Storm

Souths Acacia

Prop

Matt Scott

North Queensland Cowboys

Longreach Tigers

Hooker

Cameron Smith ©

Melbourne Storm

Logan Brothers

Prop

Paul Gallen

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Wentworthville

Second Row

Josh Papalii

Canberra Raiders

Logan Brothers

Second Row

Matt Gillett

Brisbane Broncos

Bribie Island Warrigals

Lock

Corey Parker

Brisbane Broncos

Logan Brothers

Interchange

Josh McGuire

Brisbane Broncos

Aspley

Interchange

Michael Morgan

North Queensland Cowboys

Townsville Brothers

Interchange

James Tamou

North Queensland Cowboys

Levin Knights/Paddington Tigers

Interchange

Sam Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos

Townsville Brothers

18th man

Aidan Guerra

Sydney Roosters

Townsville Brothers

19th man

Michael Jennings

Parramatta Eels

St Marys/West City Tigers

For player profiles of the 2016 Kangaroos, click here