NRL.com has run the rule over the 12 men’s squads from the Downer Rugby League World Cup Nines tournament which kicks off at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.
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There are plenty of long-serving Kangaroos sitting this tournament out with coach Mal Meninga taking a heavy focus on youth, speed and versatility. The result is an exciting young squad with plenty of attacking prowess and just enough old heads to keep the runaway train on its tracks.
Daly Cherry-Evans, Wade Graham, Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell are the only regular Kangaroos in the 16.
The likes of Josh Addo-Carr and Ryan Papenhuyzen provide the blistering pace; Kyle Feldt, Campbell Graham and Reuben Garrick are superb finishers and Nathan Brown and Jai Arrow are the modern prototype of mobile middle forwards.
Add those men to the playmaking skills of Kalyn Ponga, Mitch Moses, Clint Gutherson and AJ Brimson and you have a team to be reckoned with.