The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Stacey Jones has been named in the Kiwis' squad to play against Great Britain on Saturday night at London's Loftus Road Stadium.
Jones has once again answered the call from Kiwis coach Brian McClennan to go into battle in the black and white jersey.
The 29-year-old was due to be taking up his spot in the new Super League team Les Catalans this week but has been allowed by the coaching staff to carry on in the Gillette Tri Nations tournament.
"The coaching team in France have been great, and it's of course marvelous to have Stacey to play in this game against Great Britain," McClennan said.
"He played very well against Australia and has trained the house down since arriving in camp in London.
"I can't say enough about Stacey's professional behaviour.
"He has answered the call and despite having a lot of other commitments he has been completely focused on getting the job done for the Kiwis."
McClennan has named a 20-man squad for the game at the famous Queens Park Rangers stadium.
"So far the team has performed very well in the tournament but you always have to have options and I'm very lucky to have so many," McClennan said.
"Awen led from the front in the New Zealand A game against the Australian Invitational side two weeks ago in Sydney," McClennan said.
"Ali has been in outstanding form in the Super League competition this season."
McClennan will announce his starting side an hour before kick-off.
The Kiwis squad is: Louis Anderson, Roy Asotasi, Awen Guttenbeil, Shontayne Hape, Stacey Jones, David Kidwell, Ali Lauitiiti, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Frank Pritchard, Tony Puletua, Paul Rauhihi, David Solomona, Motu Tony, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Nigel Vagana, Brent Webb, Jake Webster, Paul Whatuira, Ruben Wiki.
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