Kangaroos & Jillaroos named for ANZAC double header

The Australian Rugby League Commission has today selected the following players to represent the Australian Kangaroos in the 2017 ANZAC Test.

The 2017 ANZAC Test match, against New Zealand at Canberra's GIO Stadium on Friday, May 5, will be Australian Captain Cameron Smith's 50th Test match, as well as his 27th as Captain.

Smith will become just the second player to play 50 Test matches for Australia, behind Darren Lockyer (59), while he will also join Clive Churchill as Australia's second most capped captain.

The 20-man squad contains five Club captains (or co-captains) - Darius Boyd (Brisbane), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm) and Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters).

"This is an incredibly important game for us, coming in a World Cup year," Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said.

"Any Test match is important, but the fact this will be Cameron's 50th Test match certainly adds some extra significance.

"Cameron's incredible milestones will form a significant part of our week."

Meninga said that given the short preparation, he and Kangaroos selectors had looked to reward those who played in the successful Four Nations campaign in 2016.

"Not only do these players have established combinations with each other, but they are also well aware of our values," Meninga said.

"However the State of Origin series and then the remainder of the NRL Premiership will be major considerations when we look to name our squad for the World Cup later this year."

The Kangaroos squad will assemble on Monday, May 1 in Canberra.

The 2017 ANZAC Test Kangaroos squad is:

1 Darius Boyd
2 Blake Ferguson
3 Josh Dugan
4 Will Chambers
5 Valentine Holmes
6 Johnathan Thurston
7 Cooper Cronk
8 Aaron Woods
9 Cameron Smith
10 David Klemmer
11 Boyd Cordner
12 Matt Gillett
13 Trent Merrin
14 Michael Morgan
15 Josh Papalii
16 Tyson Frizell
17 Sam Thaiday
18th man - Shannon Boyd
19th man - James Maloney
20th man - Justin O'Neill

Harvey Norman Jillaroos Coach Brad Donald has named a strong squad of 25 women, ahead of the ANZAC Test Match Double Header in Canberra on Friday 5 May against the Kiwi Ferns.

The squad will assemble in camp on the Gold Coast tomorrow to undergo preparations, before the final team is named on Sunday 30 April.

Nakia Davis-Welsh debuts as part of the squad, while former Jillaroos captains Steph Hancock and Ruan Sims have also been confirmed, with both returning from injuries.

"The Test Match next week looms as a significant occasion for our team," Mr Donald said.

"Our women had a momentous win against the Ferns in Auckland at the start of this year as part of the Nines tournament.

"The Test Match next week however is entirely different and we will need to be at our peak against what will no doubt be a New Zealand outfit out to make amends."

The Harvey Norman Jillaroos squad is as follows:

1. Sam Bremner
2. Karina Brown
3. Corban McGregor
4. Caitlin Moran
5. Chelsea Baker
6. Zahara Temara
7. Simone Smith
8. Ruan Sims
9. Britt Breayley
10. Heather Ballinger
11. Renae Kunst
12. Annette Brander
13. Maima Taufu
14. Kody House
15. Rebecca Young
16. Amelia Kuk
17. Isabelle Kelly
18. Tazmin Gray
19. Vanessa Foliaki
20. Maddie Studdon
21. Rebecca Riley
22. Ali Brigginshaw
23. Elianna Walton
24. Steph Hancock
25. Nakia Davis-Welsh