27 Apr 2016

Fijian switches to Australia for Anzac Test

12:50 pm on 27 April 2016

The Australian men's rugby league team has been named to face New Zealand in next Friday's Anzac Test at Newcastle, with a former Fijian international selected to debut.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, pictured here during the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines draw announcement in Auckland, Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga Photo: Photosport

Semi Radradra is among four debutants - fellow wing Blake Ferguson and interchange players Josh McGuire and Michael Morgan - who will play the Kiwis at Hunter Stadium on Friday May 6.

And the Parramatta Eel's selection, after representing Fiji just two seasons ago, again highlights the flimsiness of international league's eligibility rules.

Under the Rugby League International Federation's regulations, a player cannot switch countries "until the end of the next World Cup tournament, or the expiry of two years, whichever is earlier".

Semi Radradra Turagasoli Waqavatu, pictured here in Fiji gear at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

Semi Radradra, pictured here in Fiji gear at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Photo: Photosport

The match will mark Mal Meninga's first in charge of the Kangaroos.

Meninga said it was a well-balanced squad and he was extremely happy with it.

"We have some experience as well as a handful of younger players who I am looking forward to seeing in this arena," Meninga said.

"It is the fourth most experienced line-up in Australia's Test history, but there will also be four players making their debuts.

Meninga called the Test an incredibly important game for the team, who he wants to re-establish back at the top of the international rankings, where New Zealand currently sit, having won the last three Tests in a row.

"We have a Four Nations tournament at the end of this year and then a World Cup in 2017," Meninga said.

"This is the start of an important journey for the Kangaroos."


Fullback - Darius Boyd (Brisbane Broncos)

Wings - Blake Ferguson (Sydney Roosters), Semi Radradra (Parramatta Eels)

Centres - Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Five-Eighth - Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)

Halfback - Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)

Props - Paul Gallen (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Matt Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)

Hooker - Cameron Smith (captain) (Melbourne Storm)

Second Row - Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos), Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)

Lock - Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos)

Interchange - Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos), Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys, James Tamou (North Queensland Cowboys), Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)

18th man - Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters)

19th man - Michael Jennings (Parramatta Eels)

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