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Melbourne Storm Dominate Kangaroos RWC Team

South Africa flanker Jean-Luc du Preez (C) is tackled during the 2017 Rugby Championship match South Africa vs Australia at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, on September 30, 2017. PHOTO/AFP
South Africa flanker Jean-Luc du Preez (C) is tackled during the 2017 Rugby Championship match South Africa vs Australia at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, on September 30, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

SYDNEY, Australia- The Australian Kangaroos on Tuesday named a squad dominated by the Melbourne Storm for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, with the 24-man line-up featuring seven players from the premiership-winning side.

Ahead of the October 27 opener against England in Melbourne, coach Mal Meninga has named debutants Dane Gagai, Wade Graham, Felise Kaufusi, Jordan McLean, Cameron Munster and Tom Trbojevic.

“This squad has the right mix of youth and experience, as well as an overall balance across the positions for a World Cup campaign,” Meninga said.

“It was selected based on form, performances in the State of Origin series as well as previously in the green and gold jersey.”

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith will lead the group, while fellow premiership hero Billy Slater will return to the Kangaroos’ line up for the first time in three years.

“We have a number of players who can play multiple positions and that will be an advantage over the course of what we hope will be six matches,” Meninga added.

Australia: Darius Boyd, Will Chambers, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk, Josh Dugan, Andrew Fifita, Tyson Frizell, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Wade Graham, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Felise Kaufusi, David Klemmer, Josh McGuire, James Maloney, Jordan McLean, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (capt), Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic, Aaron Woods.

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