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Kiwis welcome new faces for 2011 VB Test
Melbourne winger Matthew Duffie and Brisbane fullback Gerard Beale are the two newcomers named tonight in the Kiwis' 19-man squad for Friday night's Anzac Test against the Kangaroos at Skilled Park in Robina on Australia's Gold Coast.
Aucklander Duffie (20) made his NRL debut for the Storm last year while Beale, also 20, first played for Brisbane in 2009.
Also yet to make his Test debut is Warriors utility Lewis Brown, who was in the Kiwis' Four Nations squad last year.
Three other players who missed the Four Nations success - props Sam Rapira and Fuifui Moimoi plus halfback Kieran Foran - have earned recalls while the other 13 players all lined up for the Kiwis in their 16-12 victory against the Kangaroos at Suncorp Stadium last November. Of the other four who appeared in the final, winger Sam Perrett and forward Sika Manu are out of contention with injury while front rower Frank Paul Nuuausala hasn't gained selection and hooker Thomas Leuluai hasn't been brought back from the United Kingdom.