Creagh in for Hindmarsh

St George Illawarra backrower Ben Creagh has been called into the Australian squad after Parramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh was ruled out of the Tri Nations series with a knee injury.

Hindmarsh had been named in the 23-man squad but medical staff today ruled he would not be fit for another three to four weeks. Hindmarsh was assessed at Australia's first training session in Sydney this afternoon.

Hindmarsh suffered the injury in the Eels' final NRL regular season game against Brisbane. For Creagh, it is his first Kangaroo representative honour after playing for Country Origin earlier this season. Halfback Andrew Johns will join the squad on Sunday.

The Tri Nations opener between Australia and New Zealand will be held in Sydney on October 15.