Aidan Sezer, gold coast National Rugby League, West Tigers Vs Gold Coast Titans, Leichhardt Oval 27 April 2014. PIc Dave Tease

Sezer and Taylor withdraw

iSelect Titans duo David Taylor and Aidan Sezer have had to withdraw from the Kangaroos train-on squad that will prepare for the upcoming Four Nations tournament because of ongoing injuries.

After being assessed by the Titans medical staff, the pair would be unable to take part in the Prime Minister’s XIII’s clash with Papua New Guinea on October 12 or the Test matches against England, New Zealand and Samoa if selected.

Taylor has not recovered from the neck injury that, combined with a calf problem, saw him play just the last game of the Titans’ season against the Bulldogs after missing the previous three matches.

Sezer suffered a shoulder injury in the match against the Bulldogs and would not be fit to play until a week after the PNG clash.

Other players forced to withdraw from the squad are Dale Copley, Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett (Broncos); Brett Morris, Josh Dugan, Trent Merrin (Dragons); Will Hopoate (Eels); Andrew Fifita, Michael Gordon (Sharks) and Billy Slater (Storm).

The Australian selectors and head coach Tim Sheens today added nine players to the squad, five players from the Cowboys and four from the Sea Eagles. The North Queensland players are Gavin Cooper, James Tamou, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Michael Morgan while the Manly players are Anthony Watmough, Brenton Lawrence, Brett Stewart and Daly Cherry Evans.

The updated squad is:

Ben Hunt

 

Broncos

Corey Parker

Broncos

Josh McGuire

Broncos

Sam Thaiday

Broncos

Gavin Cooper

Cowboys

James Tamou

Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston

Cowboys

Matt Scott

Cowboys

Michael Morgan

Cowboys

Jarryd Hayne

Eels

Beau Scott

Knights

Kurt Gidley

Knights

Willie Mason

Knights

Anthony Milford

Raiders

Jack Wighton

Raiders

Jarrod Croker

Raiders

Josh Papalii

Raiders

Anthony Watmough

Sea Eagles

Brenton Lawrence

Sea Eagles

Brett Stewart

Sea Eagles

Daly Cherry Evans

Sea Eagles

Luke Lewis

Sharks

Cameron Smith

Storm

Cooper Cronk

Storm

Ryan Hoffman

Storm

William Chambers

Storm

Aaron Woods

Tigers

Robbie Farah

Tigers

Greg Bird

Titans

Jacob Lillyman

Warriors