Radradra to make Australia debut

Fijian winger Semi Radradra will make his Australia debut in next week’s Test match against New Zealand.

The Parramatta winger is one of four new members in Mal Meninga’s side, with Blake Ferguson, Josh McGuire and Michael Morgan all getting the nod.

Radradra will be on the wing and will partner Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis, with Darius Boyd returning to fullback.

“This is a well-balanced squad and I’m extremely happy with it,” Meninga said.

“We have some experience as well as a handful of younger players who I am looking forward to seeing in this arena.

“It is the fourth most experienced line-up in Australia’s Test history but there will also be four players making their debuts.

“This is an incredibly important game for this group. I want to ensure the players have pride in the national jumper and my goal is to establish the Kangaroos back at the top of the international rankings.

“We have a Four Nations tournament at the end of this year and then a World Cup in 2017. This is the start of an important journey for the Kangaroos.”

The inclusions of Radradra and McGuire have caused debate following their history playing for other countries, Radradra had made four appearances for Fiji while McGuire had previously represented Samoa.

Australia squad to face New Zealand: D Boyd (Brisbane); S Radradra (Parramatta), G Inglis (South Sydney), J Dugan (St George Illawarra), B Ferguson (Sydney Roosters); J Thurston (North Queensland), C Cronk (Melbourne); M Scott (North Queensland), C Smith (Melbourne, capt), P Gallen (Cronulla), S Papalii (Canberra), M Gillett (Brisbane), C Parker (Brisbane).

Reserves (from): J McGuire (Brisbane), M Morgan (North Queensland), J Tamou (North Queensland), S Thaiday (Brisbane), A Guerra (Sydney Roosters), M Jennings (Parramatta).