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Sharks young gun Valentine Holmes will make his Kangaroo debut after Coach Mal Meninga named him as one of three debutants for the Test match against New Zealand at Perth's nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Holmes will become the 809th Australian test player and the 25th Sharks player to represent in the green and gold in what is a remarkable rise to prominence for the 21-year-old Sharks winger.

After helping the Sharks claim their maiden NRL title, during a season which also saw him equal the long-standing season Cronulla try scoring record of David Peachey, Holmes's naming in the Australian team caps an outstanding 2016 for the Townsville junior.  

Holmes joins prop Shannon Boyd (Kangaroo No 808) and interchange forward Tyson Frizell (810) in playing for the Kangaroos for the first time.

Sam Thaiday will play his 30th Test match for Australia against the Kiwis.

"This will be a great challenge for this team," Coach Mal 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."

James Maloney, a member of the 24-man squad, hasn’t been included in the Australian 17 for the Kiwi clash. 

 The Australian team is listed below.

1              Darius Boyd         760
2              Blake Ferguson     804
3              Greg Inglis           737
4              Josh Dugan         801
5              Valentine Holmes  809*
6              Johnathan Thurston   731
7              Cooper Cronk    744
8              Matt Scott         773
9              Cameron Smith ©  738
10           Shannon Boyd   808*
11           Boyd Cordner    787
12           Matt Gillett        789
13           Trent Merrin      803
14           David Klemmer    797
15           Michael Morgan   807
16           Tyson Frizell       810*
17           Sam Thaiday       739


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