Digital Image by Anthony Johnson copyright © nrlphotos.com: Luke Lewis : 2015 NYC  Round 8 - Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks at Pepper Stadium, Sunday April 26th 2015

Sharks back rower Luke Lewis has been named in the Holden Kangaroo squad for the ANZAC Test match against New Zealand on Friday.

The match, which will be Lewis’s 16th for Australia, will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

He has been named on the interchange bench.

Despite coming off the field during the first half after an injury scare, Lewis returned in the second half and is confident he will be fit to play the Test next Friday. 

After missing the first two games of the season, Lewis had since regained top form, playing an integral role in the Sharks three wins prior to today’s disappointing loss to the Panthers.

While Lewis and a number of his teammates have a wealth of international experience, four players – Alex Johnston, Josh Dugan, Will Chambers and Trent Merrin – have been selected to make their Test debuts.

Chambers will become the 800th player to represent Australia, while Johnston made his NRL debut exactly one year ago yesterday.

Melbourne’s Cameron Smith has been chosen to lead the Kangaroos for the 20th time. He joins only five players who have led his country in 20 or more Tests – Darren Lockyer (38), Clive Churchill (27), Brad Fittler (25), Mal Meninga (24) and Wally Lewis (24).

The Holden Kangaroos Australian team for the ANZAC Test is all follows;

Fullback          Billy Slater                Melbourne Storm

Wing              Alex Johnston            South Sydney Rabbitohs

Centre             Greg Inglis                South Sydney Rabbitohs

Centre             Will Chambers           Melbourne Storm

Wing               Josh Dugan              St George Illawarra Dragons

Five-Eighth       Johnathan Thurston   North Queensland Cowboys

Halfback          Cooper Cronk            Melbourne Storm

Prop               Matt Scott                North Queensland Cowboys

Hooker            Cameron Smith ©      Melbourne Storm

Prop               Aaron Woods             Wests Tigers

Second Row     Greg Bird                  Gold Coast Titans

Second Row     Sam Thaiday             Brisbane Broncos

Lock               Corey Parker              Brisbane Broncos

Interchange      Luke Lewis                Cronulla Sharks

Interchange      Trent Merrin             St George Illawarra Dragons

Interchange      Nate Myles               Gold Coast Titans

Interchange      James Tamou           North Queensland Cowboys

18th man         Daly Cherry-Evans     Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

19th man         Michael Jennings      Sydney Roosters

20th man         Josh Papalii             Canberra Raiders