Kiwis name first train-on squad

  1. Twenty-three players have been named in the first instalment of NZ Kiwis wider-squad selections for the test against Australia next month and subsequent Four Nations campaign in England.

    The group, drawn from clubs that did not make the 2016 NRL playoffs, features eight who have yet to play for the national side – Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake, Warriors utility David Fusitua, Warriors centre Solomone Kata, Warriors prop Sam Lisone, Sydney forward Isaac Liu, Wests centre Tim Simona, Parramatta centre Brad Takairangi and Warriors second row Bodene Thompson.

    Liu, Takairangi and Thompson have been part of Kiwis squads before, without actually taking the field.

    The wider squad currently consists of 36 players and will be named in instalments as their teams drop out of NRL premiership contention over coming weeks. The size of that squad will also fluctuate, depending on injuries and other unavailabilities that arise.

    Several Kiwis regulars are already ruled out through injury and other factors, including Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Peta Hiku, Dean Whare, Kieran Foran and Kodi Nikorima.

    A final travelling squad of 24 will be named during the week after the NRL Grand Final on October 2.

    The first group of Kiwis train-on players named is:

    Lewis Brown Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
    Addin Fonua-Blake Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
    David Fusitua NZ Warriors
    Shaun Johnson NZ Warriors
    Solomone Kata NZ Warriors
    Shaun Kenny-Dowall Sydney Roosters
    Thomas Leuluai NZ Warriors
    Sam Lisone NZ Warriors
    Isaac Liu Sydney Roosters
    Tuimoala Lolohea NZ Warriors
    Issac Luke NZ Warriors
    Simon Mannering NZ Warriors
    Ben Matulino NZ Warriors
    Manu Ma’u Parramatta Eels
    Sam Moa Sydney Roosters
    Jason Nightingale St George Illawarra Dragons
    Tim Simona Wests Tigers
    Brad Takairangi Parramatta Eels
    Martin Taupau Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
    Elijah Taylor Wests Tigers
    Bodene Thompson NZ Warriors
    Manu Vatuvei NZ Warriors
    Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Sydney Roosters

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