The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Coach Stephen Kearney says the world champion Kiwis will have a potent team at the inaugural Four Nations tournament in England and France next month despite confirmation today that eight contenders have been ruled out.
The world champion New Zealanders assemble in Auckland early next month to prepare for a one-off Test against Tonga in Rotorua on October 14 before flying out to London three days later for their opening Four Nations clash against the Kangaroos in London on October 24.
National selectors Howie Tamati (convener), Tony Kemp, Darrell Williams and Kearney named a 45-man train-on squad early last month from which the 23-man touring team, due to be announced on October 5, will be selected.