Kiwis name World Cup squad
Kiwi Coach David Kidwell today named his New Zealand World Cup squad, with departing Shark Gerard Beale included in the 24-man team.
A member of the Sharks premiership winning side in 2016 and again an integral member of the team in 2017, Beale has previously played 10 Tests Matches for New Zealand, with his most recent appearance being in the Four Nations tournament at the end of last year.
After three seasons at the Cronulla club, Beale will reportedly join the New Zealand Warriors in 2018.
He has been included in a squad, to be captained by Broncos prop Adam Blair, that features a mixture of youth and experience.
The New Zealanders will contest pool matches against Scotland, Tonga and Samoa.
The New Zealand World Cup squad;
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Vodafone Warriors)
Dallin Watene Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers)
Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)
Gerard Beale (Cronulla Sharks/Vodafone Warriors)
Brad Takairangi (Parramatta Eels)
Dean Whare (Penrith Panthers)
Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves)
Shaun Johnson (Vodafone Warriors)
Thomas Leuluai (Wigan Warriors)
Kodi Nikorima (Brisbane Broncos)
Te Maire Martin (North Queensland Cowboys)
Danny Levi (Newcastle Knights)
Adam Blair (Brisbane Broncos/Vodafone Warriors) captain
Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles)
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)
Russell Packer (St George Illawarra Dragons/Wests Tigers)
Addin Fonua-Blake (Many Sea Eagles)
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm)
Simon Mannering (Vodafone Warriors)
Kenny Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)
Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders)
Isaac Liu (Sydney Roosters)
Elijah Taylor (Wests Tigers)