Injured foursome in Aussie league squad
AAP Mon, 06 Sep 2010 14:40:01
Injured rugby league stars Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer, Johnathan
Thurston and Josh Morris were all named in Australia's Four Nations
train-on squad announced on Monday.
Thurston (foot) and Lockyer (ribs) will have to prove their fitness by
Wednesday for the end-of-season tournament, but Inglis and Morris have
already ruled themselves out to have surgery on injured shoulders.
Eighteen players from the eight eliminated NRL teams form the squad to
assemble at Redford Oval on Wednesday with others to be added as further
teams are eliminated.
Melbourne and Canterbury were most represented in the initial
announcement, both contributing four players including Melbourne's star
quartet Cooper Cronk, Inglis, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.
After missing the finals for the first time since 1991, Brisbane added
just two players to the squad, with powerhouse back-rower Sam Thaiday
Every team who failed to reach the finals managed to have a player in
the squad, with 15th-placed North Queensland offering Thurston, Matt
Scott and Willie Tonga, while Cronulla's Paul Gallen and Newcastle's
Kurt Gidley also earned a call-up.
Meanwhile, Brisbane's young guns have dominated the first announcement
of the Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad, with Jharal Yow Yeh, Andrew
McCullough and rookie of the year favourite Matt Gillett all gaining
selection alongside veteran Corey Parker.
Retiring halfback Brett Kimmorley could pick up the final representative
jersey of his career in the exhibition match with Papua New Guinea
after he was also named, while wing sensation Akuila Uate was rewarded
for a fantastic individual season for Newcastle.
KANGAROOS FOUR NATIONS train-on squad: Darren Lockyer, Sam Thaiday
(Broncos), Michael Ennis, Ben Hannant, Jamal Idris, Josh Morris
(Bulldogs), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis, Billy
Slater, Cameron Smith (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matt Scott,
Johnathan Thurston, Willie Tonga (Cowboys), Jarryd Hayne, Timana Tahu
(Eels), David Taylor (Rabbitohs)
PRIME MINISTER'S XIII train-on squad: Matt Gillett, Andrew McCullough,
Corey Parker, Jharal Yow Yeh (Broncos), Brett Kimmorley (Bulldogs), Luke
Douglas, Blake Ferguson, Kade Snowden (Sharks), Jarrod Mullen, Akuila
Uate (Knights), Tim Mannah, Ben Smith (Eels), Michael Crocker, Ben Lowe,
Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)
Very happy for Ben Lowe, he deserves it.