Australia name 24-man squad for the 2017 World Cup

Australia name 24-man squad for the 2017 World Cup”

NSW BLUES - The Blues' heavy series defeat meant Queensland were always going to dominate the squad, but the likes of James Tedesco, Josh Jackson and Blake Ferguson could consider themselves unlucky to not be among the best 24 players from Australia.

England's World Cup squad will be announced on 9 October, with Scotland and Wales' line-ups following on 10 October. "It would have been pretty overwhelming for him, but it's a testament to him the way he's playing at the moment and he deserves to be back in the green and gold jersey".

Melbourne leader Cameron Smith was the obvious captain choice, while Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner was awarded with the vice-captaincy honours.

The Kaufusi selection is the biggest surprise, however Meninga insists the Storm second-rower deserved recognition for an outstanding season with the NRL premiers. He played two matches for the Pacific island nation last year and this year.

Storm teammate Will Chambers has also been selected.

"Teddy hasn't played for the Kangaroos before so the only player I rang was Blake Ferguson who was obviously clearly upset, he's been a great player for the green and gold, but I had to be honest with him around his form and he accepted that, we move on". "We've got the incumbent in Darius Boyd; never lost a Test match in the green and gold jersey".

"There was just such a hard decision but I think it come down to the versatility and around the ability to play a number of positions".

They included Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights), Wade Graham (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Felise Kaufusi, Jordan McLean, Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm) and Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles).

Seven members from their premiership-winning team, including Kangaroos rookies Felise Kaufusi, Cameron Munster and Jordan McLean.

Cowboys playmaker Michael Morgan was picked as a utility player after spearheading North Queensland to an unlikely run from outside the top eight and into the final.

Australia's other World Cup pool matches will be against France in Canberra and Lebanon in Sydney.

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