The Junior Kiwis team to play Australia in the curtainraiser to Saturday's trans-Tasman in Townsville test includes five players who were involved in winning the corresponding fixture last year.
New Zealand Warriors fullback Carlos Tuimavave and Jason Taumalolo - an unused member of the Kiwis Anzac test squad in April - share the captaincy while Tohu Harris, Siliva Havili and Wayne Ulugia are also retained from the side that triumphed 28-16 in Newcastle.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck caps a breakthrough season at the Sydney Roosters by being named being named at fullback; and Toyota Cup grand final winners Mosese Fotuaika and Sauaso Sue from the Wests Tigers also have added reason to celebrate at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Junior Kiwis: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney Roosters),Wayne Ulugia (North Queensland Cowboys), Curtis Rona (Sydney Roosters), Ngataua Hukatai (NZ Warriors), David Fusitua (NZ Warriors), Carlos Tuimavave (NZ Warriors), Penani Manumalealii (Cronulla Sharks), Mosese Fotuaika (Wests Tigers), Siliva Havili (NZ Warriors), Sauaso Sue (Wests Tigers), Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys), Tohu Harris (Melbourne Storm), David Bhana (NZ Warriors). Interchange: Tupou Sopoaga (Canterbury Bulldogs), Apirana Pewhairangi (Newcastle Knights), Toka Likiliki (NZ Warriors), Peta Hiku (NZ Warriors), Jeremy Hawkins (Canberra Raiders) 18th man.
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