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

The return of experienced trio Simon Mannering, Kieran Foran and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck headline New Zealand's squad to face the Kangaroos in Friday's Anzac Test in Canberra.

Mannering, a former Kiwis captain, and New Zealand Warriors teammate Tuivasa-Sheck missed all representative matches last year due to injury while Foran was unavailable for selection. ''First of all, all three of them bring a lot of Mana to our group and that's hugely important,'' Kidwell said of the trio.

"Simon's experience in any squad is invaluable, he's been a leader in our side for a long time, so it's fantastic to have him fit and ready. Kieran's been playing some good footy this year and his combination with Shaun Johnson and Roger at the back is certainly benefiting from the more time they all spend together too,'' Kidwell continued.  

Aside from naming two debutants, Melbourne Storms Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Brandon Smith, the other talking point is the inclusion of St George Illawarra Dragon Prop Russell Packer, who hasn't played in the black jumper since 2011. "Russell's form speaks for itself,' said Kidwell, ''he was pretty delighted to get a call from me, like anyone in life they have their ups and downs, and Russell's been putting the hard yards in, and we just want him to do the same for the Kiwis.''


NAME

CLUB

TESTS

NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA

Melbourne Storm

*

ADAM BLAIR

Brisbane Broncos

40

JESSE BROMWICH (Captain)

Melbourne Storm

23

KENNY BROMWICH

Melbourne Storm

1

KIERAN FORAN

Vodafone Warriors

20

DAVID FUSITU'A

Vodafone Warriors

2

SHAUN JOHNSON

Vodafone Warriors

20

JORDAN KAHU

Brisbane Broncos

8

ISSAC LUKE

Vodafone Warriors

41

SIMON MANNERING

Vodafone Warriors

41

KODI NIKORIMA

Brisbane Broncos

4

RUSSELL PACKER

St George Illawarra Dragons

2

KEVIN PROCTOR

Gold Coast Titans

16

JORDAN RAPANA

Canberra Raiders

4

BRANDON SMITH

Melbourne Storm

 *

JASON TAUMALOLO

North Queensland Cowboys

9

MARTIN TAUPAU

Manly Sea Eagles

15

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

Vodafone Warriors

11

DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

Penrith Panthers

2

DEAN WHARE

Penrith Panthers

15

 

Raiders U20's forward Fabien Paletua-Kiri has been named in the Junior Kiwis squad. Full squad below. 

2017 Junior Kiwis ANZAC Test squad: 

Briton Nikora (debut) (Cronulla Sharks), Chanel Harris-Tavita (debut) (New Zealand Warriors), Dane Aukafolau (debut) (Paramatta Eels), Emry Pere (debut) (North Queensland Cowboys), Erin Clark (debut) (New Zealand Warriors), Fabien Puletua-Kiri (debut) (Canberra Raiders), Greg Leleisiuao (Paramatta Eels), Isaiah Papali'I (New Zealand Warriors), Jarome Luai (debut) (Penrith Panthers), Kaleb Fuimaono (debut) (North Queensland Cowboys) Manase Fainu (debut) (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Moeaki Fotuaika (debut) (Gold Coast Titans), Patrick Herbert (St George Illawarra), Reimis Smith (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs) Sione Katoa (debut) (Cronulla Sharks), Siosifa Talakai (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Sitili Tupouniua (Sydney Roosters), Steven Marsters (debut) (St George Illawarra).