Blair, Taupau earn Four Nations selection

Wests Tigers forwards Adam Blair and Martin Taupau have today been selected in the final New Zealand squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament.

The 24-man squad will contest the upcoming tournament against Australia, England and Samoa; with the opening match to be held on the Gold Coast on October 18.

Both Blair and Taupau were part of the Kiwi side for the International Test Match earlier this year against Australia, with the Kangaroos running out 30-18 winners.

The pair have been rewarded for their excellent form with the Wests Tigers this season and were the only two players to compete in all 24 matches for the Club in 2014.

Four rookies have been included in the NZ Kiwis squad to contest the Four Nations tournament over the next six weeks.

Teenage Penrith winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Cronulla utility Sosaia Feki, North Queensland second row Jason Taumalolo and Vodafone Warriors prop Suaia Matagi are the newcomers in a 24-man squad that will also see Penrith utility Lewis Brown back in the black jersey for the first time since 2011.

The NZ Kiwis squad for the 2014 Four Nations tournament is:

Gerard Beale (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Adam Blair (Wests Tigers)

Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)

Lewis Brown (Penrith Panthers)

Greg Eastwood (Canterbury Bulldogs)

Sosaia Feki (Cronulla Sharks)

Kieran Foran (Manly Sea Eagles)

Tohu Harris (Melbourne Storm)

Siliva Havili (Vodafone Warriors)

Peta Hiku (Manly Sea Eagles)

Shaun Johnson (Vodafone Warriors)

Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters)

Thomas Leuluai (Vodafone Warriors)

Issac Luke (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Simon Mannering (Vodafone Warriors)

Suaia Matagi (Vodafone Warriors)

Sam Moa (Sydney Roosters)

Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Kevin Proctor (Melbourne Storm)

Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)

Martin Taupau (Wests Tigers)

Manu Vatuvei (Vodafone Warriors)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers)

Dean Whare (Penrith Panthers)