NRL St George Illawarra VS Gold Coast Titans at WIN Jubilee Stadium, monday 24 August 2014. pic Dave Tease | SMP Images

Birdy to captain PM's XIII

The Australian Rugby League Commission today announced the Prime Minister’s XIII to play the PNG Kumuls at Kokopo on Sunday October 12.
 
The team will be captained by Gold Coast Titans forward Greg Bird and includes some of the game’s most promising players. Bird also captained the side last year.
 
The team was chosen by coach Laurie Daley in consultation with the Australian selectors and Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens.
 
Sheens said the withdrawal of a number of senior players through injury had opened the way for some rising stars to be given an opportunity alongside established stars.
 
“The PM’s XIII has some of the game’s most experienced players including Greg Bird, Robbie Farah and Ryan Hoffman,” Mr Sheens said.
 
“But this match also provides a great opportunity for young players like Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Sione Mata’utai, Anthony Milford  and Dylan Napa to gain experience alongside regular international players.

“That experience will prove invaluable in the future.”
 
The Australian squad for the Four Nations tournament, which begins in Brisbane on October 26 will be announced following this game.  
  
The Prime Minister’s XIII team is: 

 

Matt Moylan

Penrith Panthers

Josh Mansour

Penrith Panthers

Will Chambers

Melbourne Storm

Sione Mata'utia

Newcastle Knights

Daniel Tupou

Sydney Roosters

Anthony Milford

Canberra Raiders

Ben Hunt

Brisbane Broncos

Aaron Woods

Wests Tigers

Robbie Farah

Wests Tigers

Josh Papalii

Canberra Raiders

Ryan Hoffman

Melbourne Storm

Beau Scott

Newcastle Knights

Greg Bird ©

Gold Coast Titans

Michael Morgan

North Qld Cowboys

Brenton Lawrence

Many Sea Eagles

Josh McGuire

Brisbane Broncos

Dylan Napa

Sydney Roosters

Jack Wighton

Canberra Raiders