New Zealand select Blair and Taupau
Wests Tigers forwards Adam Blair and Martin Taupau have retained their place in the New Zealand side to face Australia this Saturday.
The pair represented the Kiwis during the mid-season Test match earlier this year and are set to face teammates Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods in the Four Nations opener at Suncorp Stadium.
This will be Taupau’s second appearance for New Zealand, with Blair already notching up 25 Test matches previously.
Both players featured in all 24 games for the Wests Tigers this season, the only squad members to do so.
Teammate Bodene Thompson was a late call-up to the New Zealand squad, however he has not been selected for this particular match.
Australia vs New Zealand
Saturday, October 25
Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEST)
1-Peta Hiku, 2-Jason Nightingale, 3-Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 4-Dean Whare, 5-Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6-Kieran Foran, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Jesse Bromwich, 9-Thomas Leuluai, 10-Adam Blair, 11-Simon Mannering (captain), 12-Kevin Proctor, 13-Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14-Lewis Brown, 15-Greg Eastwood, 16-Martin Taupau, 17-Tohu Harris, 18-Suaia Matagi