Holmes and Woods to face the Kiwis

Holmes and Woods to face the Kiwis

Cronulla Sharks stars Valentine Holmes and mid-season recruit Aaron Woods have both been named in the Kangaroos 19-man squad to face the Kiwis this Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium.

Holmes will line up on the wing, despite having a breakout season in the number 1 jersey at Cronulla, that saw him claim the 2018 Members Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Monty Porter Medal.

Holmes has worn the green and gold on 11 occasions already and is seen as one of the best finishers in the game. He became the first Kangaroo to score five tries in a Test during the 2017 World Cup, before backing that up just a week later with a massive six-try haul in Australia's 54-6 semi-final rout of Fiji.

Mid-season recruit and incumbent starting Australian prop Aaron Woods has also been named on the bench for the Roos.

It's been an up and down season for Woods, losing his Blues Origin jersey, being forced out of the Bulldogs due to salary cap constraints, before finding his feet and finishing the year off strong in the black, white and blue.

Woods will return to Mt Smart Stadium, where he made his Sharks debut in Round 16, this time in the green and gold, no doubt excited to retain a spot in the side.

Kiwis vs Kangaroos
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Kick Off: 5:45PM (AEDT)
Saturday October 13th
Televised on Channel Nine (coverage from 5:30pm) and Fox League (coverage from 5pm)

1. James Tedesco
2. Dane Gagai
3. Latrell Mitchell
4. Tom Trbojevic
5. Valentine Holmes
6. Luke Keary
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. David Klemmer
9. Damian Cook
10. Jordan McLean
11. Boyd Cordner (C)
12. Felise Kaufusi
13. Josh McGuire

14. Ben Hunt
15. Jake Trbojevic
16. Tyson Frizell
17 Aaron Woods

18. Tyrone Peachey
19. Reagan Campbell-Gillard