South Sydney prop Roy Asotasi has been named as the new skipper of the New Zealand rugby league team which plays Australia at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
A veteran of 15 Tests, Asotasi takes over from Ruben Wiki, who has retired from Test football, and he will lead a side with three 20-year-old new caps when he runs out for the Anzac Test.
One of the newcomers is in the starting 13 - Parramatta back Krisnan Inu, who was a surprise selection when the original 19-strong squad was named yesterday. Inu, who has just one first-grade appearance to his name, will wear the No.1 jersey.
New Zealand: Krisnan Inu, Jake Webster, Iosia Soliola, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Ben Roberts, Nathan Cayless, Dene Halatau, Roy Asotasi (c), Sonny Bill Williams, Tony Puletua, David Fa'alogo. Interchange: David Faiumu, Sam Rapira, Greg Eastwood, Frank PritchardLike