Martin Taupau of the Kiwis evades the tackle of Cooper Cronk and Boyd Cordner of the Kangaroos during the ANZAC Test between Australia and New Zealand at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia on Friday 2 May 2014. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/www.photosport.co.nz

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.

MATCH DETAILS

Australia vs New Zealand

Saturday, October 25

Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEST)

Suncorp Stadium

New Zealand

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