Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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The Australian Rugby League has announced a 44-man squad to go into camp this weekend with new coach Ricky Stuart.
The squad will meet to begin advance preparations for the Kangaroos' bid to win back the Tri Nations crown they lost to New Zealand last year. Andrew Johns, Ben Kennedy, Brent Tate, Craig Gower, Danny Duderus, Darren Lockyer, Petero Civoniceva, Shaun Berrigan, as well as players from the Wests Tigers side preparing to meet Bradford in the World Club Challenge, were not considered due to prior commitments.
Bolters for the squad include Melbourne youngster Greg Inglis and Parramatta halfback Tim Smith.
The full squad by club is:
Bulldogs: Andrew Ryan, Mark O'Meley, Willie Mason, Willie Tonga
Cronulla: Ben Ross, Brett Kimmorley
Manly: Brent Kite, Steve Menzies
Melbourne: Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Greg Inglis, Matt King, Michael Crocker
Newcastle: Clint Newton, Steve Simpson
New Zealand Warriors: Steve Price
North Queensland: Carl Webb, Johnathan Thurston, Luke O'Donnell, Matt Bowen
Parramatta: Eric Grothe, Nathan Hindmarsh, Tim Smith, Timana Tahu
Penrith: Rhys Wesser, Trent Waterhouse, Luke Lewis
St George Illawarra: Ashston Sims, Ben Creagh, Ben Hornby, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Luke Bailey, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Trent Barrett
South Sydney: John Sutton
Sydney Roosters: Anthony Tupou, Ashley Harrison, Braith Anasta, Craig Fitzgibbon, Craig Wing, Ryan Cross, Anthony Minichiello