4 Oct 2011

Kiwis squad for one-off Test against Australia named

6:15 pm on 4 October 2011

Nine players involved in Sunday's National Rugby League grand final have been named in a 23-strong squad for New Zealand's one-off Test against Australia in Newcastle on Sunday week.

The squad features six newcomers including Warriors fullback Kevin Locke, halfback Shaun Johnson and prop Russell Packer.

The other three yet to play for the Kiwis are Brisbane utility Gerard Beale, his Broncos team-mate and back rower Alex Glenn and Melbourne's Kevin Proctor, another back row forward.

All up there are seven players from the Warriors in the squad while there are two from NRL champions Manly, in standoff Kieran Foran and centre Steve Matai.

14 of the squad were in last year's Four Nations title winning squad.

Nine players weren't considered due to injury including Warriors Lance Hohaia and Sam Rapira.

The Test side will be named on Monday.