Kangaroos announce Rugby League World Cup squad with Edwards, Hynes left on standby

The Australian Rugby League Commission have officially announced the Kangaroos’ squad for the upcoming 2022 Rugby League World Cup, with a mostly new group of faces set to pull on the green and gold later this month. 

Of the 24 players selected, 13 of them will be suiting up for the Kangaroos for the first time, with some big names such as Nathan Cleary, Matt Burton, and Angus Crichton eager to represent their nation. 

Following their second straight Premiership, the Penrith Panthers have three men selected: Nathan Cleary, Liam Martin, and Isaah Yeo. 

However, despite winning the Clive Churchill medal in Penrith’s near-seamless Premiership victory on Sunday night, Dylan Edwards found himself on the outside looking in come Monday morning, with the Panthers’ fullback named as a standby player. 

Joining Edwards in the standby group is Cronulla’s Nicho Hynes, the 2022 Dally M medalist, as well as South Sydney’s Damien Cook. 

Fresh off of being named the player’s champion for 2022, James Tedesco has been named the captain of the Kangaroos, with Isaah Yeo and Cameron Murray taking the reins as vice-captains. 

In a statement, Australian coach Mal Meniga preached the importance of choosing a mix of new talent and experienced players but said that every player chosen is up to the task. 

“We have an extremely healthy mix of incumbent players as well as a number of players who are yet to represent their country,” Meninga said. 

“We will have players who have performed on this stage before. 

“Many of these players have produced form when it counts in both State of Origin and also in the Finals Series.

“The balance of the squad is extremely strong and will hopefully produce the results we’re after over the duration of the tournament.” 

Australia will open their World Cup account on the 15th of October when they take on Fiji.

Kangaroo’s Rugby League World Cup Squad
Josh Addo-Carr Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Matt Burton Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Reagan Campbell-Gillard Parramatta Eels
Patrick Carrigan Brisbane Broncos
Daly Cherry-Evans Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Nathan Cleary Penrith Panthers
Lindsay Collins Sydney Roosters
Reuben Cotter North Queensland Cowboys
Angus Crichton Sydney Roosters
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui Gold Coast Titans
Campbell Graham South Sydney Rabbitohs
Harry Grant Melbourne Storm
Valentine Holmes North Queensland Cowboys
Ben Hunt  St George Illawarra Dragons
Liam Martin Penrith Panthers
Latrell Mitchell South Sydney Rabbitohs
Cameron Munster Melbourne Storm
Cameron Murray – VC South Sydney Rabbitohs
Jeremiah Nanai North Queensland Cowboys
Murray  Taulagi North Queensland Cowboys
James Tedesco – C Sydney Roosters
Jake Trbojevic Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Jack Wighton Canberra Raiders
Isaah Yeo – VC Penrith Panthers

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