23 Oct 2008

Kangaroos name four uncapped players

7:19 am on 23 October 2008

Four uncapped players have been named in the Australian rugby league team to play the Kiwis in Sunday's World Cup opener in Sydney.

Canberra's Joel Monaghan, Gold Coast's Anthony Laffranchi and Manly forwards Glenn Stewart and Josh Perry will all make their international debuts in the opening match of the Kangaroos' title defence.

Stewart and Laffranchi will form an uncapped backrow, Monaghan will play on the wing rather than his customary position at centre and Perry will start on the bench.

Manly's premiership-winning pair Anthony Watmough and David Williams were among the Australian squad members to miss selection.

Australia: Billy Slater, Joel Monaghan, Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (capt), Jonathan Thurston, Petero Civoniceva, Cameron Smith, Steve Price, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Brent Kite, Josh Perry, Anthony Tupou, Kurt Gidley.