Trio to make New Zealand debuts
New Zealand will have three debutants in their starting line-up for Saturday's Test with Australia in Townsville.
Coach Stephen Kearney named Canterbury Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano, Manly Sea Eagles centre Dean Whare and Melbourne Storm second-rower Kevin Proctor in his starting 13.
Proctor has toured with the Kiwis before but has not yet played a Test match.
The Kiwis' starting forward pack features four players from the recent National Rugby League Grand Final, won by the Storm against Canterbury.
Kasiano, 22, who was eligible to play for both nationsand was voted the NRL prop of the year, has opted to play for the country of his birth and will be joined in the forward pack by Bulldogs team-mate Frank Pritchard.
Proctor will pack down with Storm team-mate Jesse Bromwich in the Kiwi forwards.
Wests Tigers' stand-off Benji Marshall, who is partnered in the halves by Manly's Kieran Foran, will captain New Zealand.
New Zealand team: Josh Hoffman; Sam Perrett, Krisnan Inu, Dean Whare, Gerard Beale; Benji Marshall (capt), Kieran Foran; Jesse Bromwich, Issac Luke, Sam Kasiano; Frank Pritchard, Kevin Proctor; Simon Mannering.
Interchange: Elijah Taylor, Ben Matulino, Greg Eastwood, Adam Blair.