Wests Tigers duo Tim Simona and Elijah Taylor have both been named in the Kiwis train-on squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament in late October.
Taylor has played 10 Tests for New Zealand between 2011 and 2013 — including the 2011 Four Nations and 2013 Rugby League World Cup — but could be in line for a recall to the Test side after a superb mid-season switch from the Penrith Panthers to Wests Tigers.
Simona, who was born in Auckland, has played five Tests for Samoa between 2014 and 2016, could also make his Test debut for the Kiwis if selected for the final squad.
In all, 23 players have been named in the Kiwis train-on squad for the Four Nations, which will also be used for a one-off Test match against the Kangaroos in Perth next month.
A final squad of 24 will be named in the week after the NRL Grand Final on October 2.
Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Elijah and Tim on their selection to the squad!
NEW ZEALAND TRAIN-ON SQUAD
Lewis Brown (Manly Sea Eagles)
Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Sea Eagles)
Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles)
Manu Ma'u (Parramatta Eels)
Brad Takariangi (Parramatta Eels)
Jason Nightingale (St. George-Illawarra Dragons)
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters)
Isaac Liu (Sydney Roosters)
Sam Moa (Sydney Roosters)
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)
David Fusitu'a (New Zealand Warriors)
Shaun Johnson (New Zealand Warriors)
Solomone Kata (New Zealand Warriors)
Thomas Leuluai (New Zealand Warriors)
Sam Lisone (New Zealand Warriors)
Tuimoala Lolohea (New Zealand Warriors)
Isaac Luke (New Zealand Warriors)
Simon Mannering (New Zealand Warriors)
Ben Matulino (New Zealand Warriors)
Bodene Thompson (New Zealand Warriors)
Manu Vatuvei (New Zealand Warriors)
Tim Simona (Wests Tigers)
Elijah Taylor (Wests Tigers)