Competition - Test Match.
Teams - Australia v New Zealand .
Venue - NIB Stadium, Perth Western Australia.
Date - October 15th 2016.
Photographer - Robb Cox © NRL Photos

Boyd in for Kangaroos

Canberra Raiders Prop Shannon Boyd has been called into the Kangaroos 17 for Raiders team mate Josh Papalii who was omitted from the squad today. 

Boyd was a member of the four nations squad which went through last years tournament undefeated and had been named in the Kangaroos 20 man squad. He will now replace Papalii in the 17 and have the opportunity to play a test match at his home ground of GIO Stadium. 

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles forward Jake Trbojevic is the Kangaroos' new 18th man.

"Shannon was already included in the broader squad so it was an easy choice to bring him into the 17," Meninga said. "He was excellent for us in last year's Four Nations and it will be great to see him able to play a Test match in front of his home fans."

The updated 2017 ANZAC Test Kangaroos squad is: 
 

Position

Player

NRL Club

Junior Club

Fullback

Darius Boyd

Brisbane Broncos

Mudgeeraba Redbacks

Wing

Blake Ferguson

Sydney Roosters

Wellington Cowboys/Earlwood Saints

Centre

Josh Dugan

St George Illawarra Dragons

South Tuggeranong Knights/Valley Dragons

Centre

Will Chambers

Melbourne Storm

Nhulunbuy, NT

Wing

Valentine Holmes

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Western Lions/Townsville

Five-Eighth

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys

Souths Sunnybank

Halfback

Cooper Cronk

Melbourne Storm

Souths Acacia

Prop

Aaron Woods

Wests Tigers

Leichhardt Juniors

Hooker

Cameron Smith ©

Melbourne Storm

Logan Brothers

Prop

David Klemmer

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

All Saints Toongabbie

Second Row

Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters

Old Bar Pirates

Second Row

Matt Gillett

Brisbane Broncos

Bribie Island Warrigals

Lock

Trent Merrin

Penrith Panthers

Shellharbour Sharks

Interchange

Michael Morgan

North Queensland Cowboys

Townsville Brothers

Interchange

Shannon Boyd

Canberra Raiders

Cowra Magpies

Interchange

Tyson Frizell

St George Illawarra Dragons

Corrimal Cougars

Interchange

Sam Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos

Townsville Brothers

18th man

Jake Trbojevic

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Mona Vale Raiders

19th man

James Maloney

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

St Edwards, Gosford

20th man

Justin O’Neill

North Queensland Cowboys

Hughenden Hawks/Townsville Brothers


The NRL Issued the following statement this afternoon in regards to Josh Papalii's withdrawal 

The NRL said today that Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii has been withdrawn from the Kangaroos team for the 2017 ANZAC Test next Friday.

CEO Todd Greenberg said he had been advised by the Raiders that Papalii will face a disciplinary hearing before the club’s Board early next week.

“Given that Josh pleaded guilty to drink driving we believe it is inappropriate for him to join the Kangaroos camp," Mr Greenberg said.

“We would expect that the decision to stand him down from the Test will be taken into consideration when the Raiders Board considers the matter next week.”

Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said he supported the decision by the NRL to stand down Papalii from the ANZAC Test match, against New Zealand on Friday, May 5.

“I have spoken to Josh and, while it is disappointing for him to miss a Test, he understands the decision was made in the best interests of the team,” Meninga said.

"The game has made a really strong stance against this behaviour and I'm a very strong believer that this stance is the right course of action.

"This doesn't prevent Josh from making himself available for the World Cup at the end of the year and I reiterated that to Josh today."