Mon 07 October
Cameron Smith will lead Australia in Rugby League World Cup 2013, after the Australian Rugby League Commission announced a 24-man tour squad that names the Melbourne star as captain and features three debutants and three members of the NRL Grand Final teams.
Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens today joined ARLC Chairman John Grant at Rugby League Central to announce a squad including players from 14 NRL clubs.
Sydney Roosters' Premiership-winning back-rower Boyd Cordner, Sharks Dally M Prop of the Year Andrew Fifita and Canberra Raiders back-rower Josh Papalii are the uncapped players in the squad, which also features Cordner’s Premiership-winning team-mate Michael Jennings and Manly’s Clive Churchill Medal winner Daly Cherry-Evans.
The squad contains 14 players from the side that beat New Zealand 32-12 in the 2013 mid-year test at Bruce Stadium, with injury ruling out Justin Hodges, Kurt Gidley and Anthony Watmough.
Robbie Farah edged out Roosters hooker Jake Friend for the back-up hooker role.
The Kangaroos squad has five players remaining from the team that lost the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final 34-20 to New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium; Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen, while Brent Tate was also part of the 2008 squad.
Squad: Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Greg Bird (Gold Coast), Darius Boyd (Newcastle), Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly), Boyd Cordner (Roosters), Cooper Cronk (Melbourne), Robbie Farah (Wests), Andrew Fifita (Cronulla), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta), Greg Inglis (Souths), Michael Jennings (Roosters), Luke Lewis (Cronulla), Brett Morris (St George), Josh Morris (Canterbury), Nate Myles (Gold Coast), Josh Papalii (Canberra), Corey Parker (Brisbane), Matthew Scott (North Queensland), Billy Slater (Melbourne), James Tamou (North Queensland), Brent Tate (North Queensland) Sam Thaiday (Brisbane), Johnathan Thurston (North Queesland)