6 Sep 2010

Steve Matai named in Kiwis train on squad

7:00 pm on 6 September 2010

The Kiwis centre Steve Matai has been named in a 43-strong train-on squad although he's facing minimum seven-match ban for his grade three reckless high tackle charge on the Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis on Sunday.

Players from NRL top eight sides provide 31 of the players the New Zealand Rugby League selectors have named to prepare for the 2010 Four Nations campaign and a Test against Samoa in October-November.

The Warriors have the biggest contingent with 11 players while the Sydney Roosters have six.

All 17 players used in this year's Anzac Test against Australia, and the 18th man Alex Glenn have been named and coach Stephen Kearney says he and fellow selectors Howie Tamati, Tony Iro and Tawera Nikau are excited so many contenders are in good form at the business end of the NRL season.

The squad: Alex Glenn, Antonio Winterstein (Brisbane), Bryson Goodwin, Ben Roberts (Canterbury-Bankstown) Bronson Harrison (Canberra) , Greg Eastwood

(Leeds), Kieran Foran, Steve Matai, Tony Williams (Manly), Adam Blair, Sika Manu (Manly), Junior Sa'u, Zeb Taia (Newcastle), Krisnan Inu, Fuifui Moimoi

(Parramatta), Nathan Fien, Jason Nightingale, Jeremy Smith (St George-Illawarra), Roy Asotasi, Issac Luke, Eddy Pettybourne, Fetuli Talanoa (South Sydney), Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Joseph Leilua, Mose Masoe,

Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Perrett, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters). Lewis Brown, Aaron Heremaia, Lance Hohaia, Kevin Locke, Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati, Ukuma Ta'ai, Manu Vatuvei (Warriors), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Thomas Leuluai (Wigan).,