Cameron Smith will lead the Holden Kangaroos to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup with the Australian Rugby League Commission today announcing a 24-man tour squad that features three debutants and three members of the NRL Grand Final teams.

Holden Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens today joined ARLC Chairman, Mr 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 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.

Clubs represented:
Cowboys: 4 players.
Storm and Sharks: 3 players each.
Titans, Broncos and Roosters: 2 players each.
Sea Eagles, Wests Tigers, Knights, Eels, Rabbitohs, Dragons, Bulldogs, Raiders: 1 player each.

The squad is:�

Player

NRL Club

Junior Club

Cameron Smith (c)

Melbourne Storm

Logan Brothers

Paul Gallen (v/c)

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Wentworthville

Greg Bird

Gold Coast Titans

West Maitland Red Dogs / Maitland Pumpkin Pickers

Darius Boyd

Newcastle Knights

Mudgeeraba Redbacks

Daly Cherry-Evans

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Mackay Brothers

Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters

Old Bar Pirates

Cooper Cronk

Melbourne Storm

Souths Acacia

Robbie Farah

Wests Tigers

Enfield Federals / Leichhardt Wanderers

Andrew Fifita

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Griffith Waratahs

Jarryd Hayne

Parramatta Eels

East Campbelltown Eagles / Cabramatta Two Blues

Greg Inglis

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Bowraville Tigers

Michael Jennings

Sydney Roosters

St Marys

Luke Lewis

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Blacktown City

Brett Morris

St George Illawarra Dragons

Kiama Knights

Josh Morris

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Kiama Knights

Nate Myles

Gold Coast Titans

Southern Suburbs / Gordonvale

Josh Papalii

Canberra Raiders

Logan Brothers

Corey Parker

Brisbane Broncos

Logan Brothers

Matthew Scott

North Queensland Cowboys

Longreach Tigers

Billy Slater

Melbourne Storm

Innisfail

James Tamou

North Queensland Cowboys

Levin Knights /
Paddington Tigers

Brent Tate

North Queensland Cowboys

Redcliffe Dolphins

Sam Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos

Townsville Brothers

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys

Souths Sunnybank

 

The Holden Kangaroos will assemble for a half-day camp in Sydney on Thursday, October 10, which will feature a luncheon with members of the 1963 Kangaroos.

The players will return to Sydney on Sunday, October 13, and hold an open training session at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah, starting at 1pm ahead of the Junior Kangaroos-Junior Kiwis match at 2.30pm.

The Holden Kangaroos will depart for the United Kingdom on Monday, October 14, and will open their Rugby League World Cup campaign against England at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday, October 26, followed by pool matches against Fiji at Langtree Park, St Helens, on November 2 and Ireland at Thomond Park, Limerick, on November 9.

Full tournament details are available at www.rlwc2013.com.