The Prime Minister’s XIII to play PNG later this month has been named, with St. George-Illawarra’s Trent Merrin named as captain.
Coached by Ivan Clearly, nine clubs will be represented in the 18-man squad: Canberra (Jack Wighton, Jarrod Croker), Souths (Alex Johnston, Adam Reynolds, Chris McQueen, David Tyrrell), Newcastle (Dane Gagai), Wests Tigers (David Nofoaluma), Gold Coast (Kane Elgey, Daniel Mortimer), Manly (Jake Trbojevic), Penrith (James Segeyaro, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Jeremy Latimore, Tyrone Peachey), Parramatta (Tepai Moeroa) and St. George-Illawarra (Merrin, Euan Aitken).
The Prime Minister’s XIII has won nine out of 10 matches against PNG since 2005 (with a 24-24 draw in 2007), including a 34-16 win last year.
The 2015 Prime Minister’s XIII will play PNG at Port Moresby on September 26, with training camp in Cairns next Wednesday.
PRIME MINISTER’S XIII SQUAD
- Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders)
2. Alex Johnston (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
3. Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)
4. Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
5. David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers)
6. Kane Elgey (Gold Coast Titans)
7. Adam Reynolds (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
8. Jake Trbojevic (Manly Sea Eagles)
9. James Segeyaro (Penrith Panthers)
10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)
11. Chris McQueen (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
12. Tepai Moeroa (Parramatta Eels)
13. Trent Merrin (c) (St George Illawarra Dragons)
14. Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra Dragons)
15. Jeremy Latimore (Penrith Panthers)
16. Daniel Mortimer (Gold Coast Titans)
17. Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers)
18. David Tyrrell (South Sydney Rabbitohs)