KNIGHTS internationals Darius Boyd and Aku Uate have been named in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII to play Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on September 23.
The game at Lloyd Robson Oval will be the first for Boyd, and Uate’s second for the PM’s selection after he made his debut in 2010, shortly after switching international allegiance from Fiji to Australia.
Boyd was named at fullback and Uate on the wing. They were Australia’s wingers when the Kangaroos beat the Kiwis 20-12 at Eden Park in Auckland on April 20, and hope to retain those positions for the Test against New Zealand in Townsville on October 13.
The PM’s XIII is made up of players selected in the Kangaroos train-on squad from the 10 teams that either missed the finals or have since been eliminated.
Captain and halfback Scott Prince is one of three Titans in the 18-man squad, which contains seven Broncos, two players from the Tigers and Panthers, and one each from the Eels and Warriors.
The Australian Prime Minister’s XIII is: Darius Boyd (Knights), Aku Uate (Knights), Jamal Idris (Titans), Chris Lawrence (Tigers), Michael Jennings (Panthers), Lachlan Coote (Panthers), Scott Prince (c) (Titans), Aaron Woods (Tigers), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Ben Hannant (Broncos), Matt Gillett (Broncos), Feleti Mateo (Warriors), Corey Parker (Broncos). Bench: Peter Wallace (Broncos), Tim Mannah (Eels), Josh McGuire (Broncos), Ben Te’o (Broncos), William Zillman (Titans).
Players will be subjected to medical checks at Allianz Stadium on Thursday, then the final team will assemble in Cairns the following Thursday before flying to Port Moresby the next day.
Ben Creagh, Brett Morris, Trent Merrin, Beau Scott (Dragons), Mitchell Pearce, Jake Friend (Roosters), Robbie Farah (Tigers), and Tim Grant and Luke Lewis (Panthers) have withdrawn from the Kangaroos train-on squad due to injury.