6 newcomers in Kangaroos squad to play NZ, Tonga
SYDNEY (AP) — Coach Mal Meninga has selected six uncapped players in his 19-man Australia squad for rugby league test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.
Jack Wighton, who won the Clive Churchill Medal as Player of the Match in Sunday’s National Rugby League grand final, has been named along with Nick Cotric, Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr, Broncos prop Payne Haas, Paul Vaughan and Cameron Murray.
Seven players who played in the grand final between the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders have been included.
Boyd Cordner will again captain the Kangaroos and is joined by Luke Keary, Latrell Mitchell and James Tedesco from the victorious Roosters and Cotric, Wighton and Josh Papalii from Canberra.
Australia will play New Zealand at Wollongong on Oct. 25 and Tonga at Auckland on Nov. 2.
Meninga has also signed a contract extension that will retain him as Kangaroos coach until the end of the 2021 World Cup.
Australia squad: Josh Addo-Carr, Daly Cherry-Evans, Damien Cook, Boyd Cordner, Nick Cotric, Tyson Frizell, Wade Graham, Payne Haas, Ben Hunt, Luke Keary, David Klemmer, Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Munster, Cameron Murray, Josh Papalii, James Tedesco, Jake Trbojevic, Paul Vaughan, Jack Wighton.