Josh Addo-Carr (right) of the Melbourne Storm is seen in action during a training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Storm take on the Roosters this Saturday in the NRL Preliminary final. (AAP Image/James Ross) NO ARCHIVING
Josh Addo-Carr (right) of the Melbourne Storm is seen in action during a training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Storm take on the Roosters this Saturday in the NRL Preliminary final. (AAP Image/James Ross) NO ARCHIVING

Kangaroos squad stacked with grand final heroes

Australian coach Mal Meninga has named seven grand final stars in his squad for the Kangaroos' end-of-year Tests.

James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Luke Keary, Boyd Cordner (Roosters), Josh Papalii, Nick Cotric and Jack Wighton (Raiders) have all earned spots in the 21-man squad to take on New Zealand and Tonga.

Meninga will also usher in a new-generation of Kangaroos with Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Murray, Payne Haas, Paul Vaughan and Wighton winning their first Test starts.

Kangaroos mainstay Felise Kaufusi was not named due to injury.

 

Roosters players celebrate victory after the 2019 NRL grand final.
Roosters players celebrate victory after the 2019 NRL grand final.

 

Josh Addo-Carr is understood to be in
Josh Addo-Carr is understood to be in

Papalii has declared his allegiance to the Kangaroos after starring for the Maroons in Origin this year. The Raiders player of the year was considering sticking with Samoa. He is in doubt with injury and Dale Finucane has been placed on standy.

Wighton and Mitchell will line up in the centres with Mitchell earning a representative recall after being dumped by the Blues after just one Origin game this year.

Haas has played just 24 games but that didn't stop Meninga handing the Dally M rookie of the year a Test start.

Only Sione Mata'utia (seven games), Brent Tate (16) and David Williams (20) played less games before being handed a Test start in the past two decades.

Haas, Mitchell and Murray are eligible for the under-23 Junior Kangaroos side which was also announced on Monday.

 

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Jack Wighton looks set for a call up
Jack Wighton looks set for a call up

KANGAROOS SQUAD

Josh Addo-Carr, Daly Cherry-Evans, Boyd Cordner, Damien Cook, 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

* Dale Finucane on standby for Josh Papalii