Sharks centre Gerard Beale has been selected in the New Zealand squad for the tour of England during October and November.

A consistent performer throughout the season, Beale has previously played seven Tests for his country of birth and was a member of the Kiwi squad which was successful in winning the Four Nations tournament in 2014.

Beale was one of just three Sharks players to run out in every game during the 2015 season.  

He is the only Cronulla player to make the touring party, with Sosaia Feki previously named in the train-on squad but omitted from the final 23-man squad.

Beale becomes a member of a team in which veterans Adam Blair and Issac Luke have been entrusted with co-captaincy of the NZ Kiwis, with the duo named by head coach Stephen Kearney to share the role that became vacant when incumbent Simon Mannering was ruled out of the tour for medical reasons earlier this week.

“I think, in big games, he has delivered for us before,” Kearney said of Blair. “He’s been in the programme for quite some time and knows what’s expected – I see it as a natural choice.”

As for Luke, the new Warrior recruit has played 33 tests for New Zealand, two more than Blair, having made his debut in the 2008 Anzac Test and then coming off the bench for the World Cup triumph later that year.

“Issac is very highly respected within the group and, again, has been part of the programme for a long time,” says Kearney.

“He’s definitely one that’s grown over the course of his Kiwis career, both as a footballer and a leader.”

They will lead a strong group that includes six rookies – utility backs Jordan Kahu and Tuimoala Lolohea, wing Curtis Rona, hooker/half Kodi Nikorima, and forwards Isaac Liu and Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

“There’s nothing we can do about the players that are unavailable,” says Kearney. “They’re all injuries that we have no control over, but they give opportunities to some younger guys, who perhaps only need that opportunity to rise to the next level.”

The tour itinerary for the New Zealand Tour of the UK is:

Friday, October 23 v Leeds Rhinos @ Leeds

Sunday, November 1 v England @Hull                              

Saturday, November 7 v England @ London                     

Saturday, November 14 v England @ Wigan                        

The NZ Kiwis squad to tour England in October/November is:

Gerard Beale - Cronulla Sharks                               
Kiwi #767                       
Debut 2011                      
Tests 7

Adam Blair                        
Brisbane Broncos                           
Kiwi #732                       
Debut 2006                     
Tests 31

Jesse Bromwich
Melbourne Storm
Kiwi 775                        
Debut 2012
Tests 14

Lewis Brown                    
Penrith Panthers                            
Kiwi #762                       
Debut 2011                     
Tests 8

Alex Glenn                        
Brisbane Broncos         
Kiwi #769                       
Debut 2011                      
Tests 10

Tohu Harris                       
Melbourne Storm                          
Kiwi #778                       
Debut 2013                     
Tests 7

Peta Hiku                            
Manly Sea Eagles                           
Kiwi #781                       
Debut 2014                     
Tests 6

Jordan Kahu                      
Brisbane Broncos                           
New Kiwi

Shaun Kenny-Dowall    
Sydney Roosters                            
Kiwi #746                       
Debut 2007                   
Tests 14

Tuimoala Lolohea           
NZ Warriors                                       
New Kiwi

Isaac Liu                             
Sydney Roosters                            
New Kiwi

Issac Luke                          
South Sydney Rabbitohs             
Kiwi #749                       
Debut 2008                     
Tests 33

Ben Matulino                   
NZ Warriors                                       
Kiwi #756                       
Debut 2009                     
Tests 20

Sam Moa                           
Sydney Roosters                            
Kiwi #780                        
Debut 2013                     
Tests 5

Jason Nightingale           
St George Dragons                        
Kiwi #747                       
Debut 2008                     
Tests 25

Kodi Nikorima                  
Brisbane Broncos                            
New Kiwi

Kevin Proctor                   
Melbourne Storm                          
Kiwi #771                       
Debut 2012                     
Tests 8

Curtis Rona                       
Canterbury Bulldogs                     
New Kiwi

Sio Siua Taukeiaho         
Sydney Roosters                             
New Kiwi

Jason Taumalolo            
North Queensland Cowboys    
Kiwi #786                      
Debut 2014                    
Tests 4

Martin Taupau                
Wests Tigers                                     
Kiwi #785                       
Debut 2014                      
Tests 6

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck    
Sydney Roosters                            
Kiwi #779                        
Debut 2013                     
Tests 8

Dean Whare                     
Penrith Panthers                            
Kiwi #776                       
Debut 2012                     
Tests 12