Three Kangaroos debutants for Perth Test

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has named three debutants for Saturday’s Perth Test against the Kiwis.

Shannon Boyd, Valentine Holmes and Tyson Frizell will play their first matches for Australia against New Zealand at nib Stadium.

The inclusion of the rookie trio continues a transformation of the Australian side under Meninga, who played four rookies in his first Test as Kangaroos coach in Newcastle in May.

“This will be a great challenge for this team,” Meninga said.

“The Kiwis have picked a very strong squad themselves.

“It will be great to see how some of our younger players fare against such an opponent.”

Australia: Darius Boyd, Blake Ferguson, Greg Inglis, Josh Dugan, Valentine Holmes, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Shannon Boyd, Boyd Cordner, Matt Gillett, Trent Merrin.

Interchange: David Klemmer, Michael Morgan, Tyson Frizell, Sam Thaiday.

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