World Cup Team Announcement: Week 1
A total of 12 Storm players from the 2017 season have been named in World Cup squads for Week One of the tournament.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona will make his international debut when he lines up for New Zealand against Somoa on Saturday.
Jordan McLean has also been named to make his debut for Australia when the tournament kicks off this Friday night against England.
While he was not named in Mal Meninga’s 17, Felise Kaufusi remains on the cusp of selection having been named as a reserve for the Kangaroos.
Storm players selected for Week 1 of World Cup:
Fullback – Billy Slater
Centre – Will Chambers
Halfback – Cooper Cronk
Hooker – Cameron Smith
Bench – Jordan McLean
Reserve – Felise Kaufusi
Second Row – Kenny Bromwich
Bench – Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Winger – Suliasi Vunivalu
Lock – Tui Kamikamica
Fullback – Young Tonumaipea
Papua New Guinea
Winger – Justin Olam
Week One games:
Friday 8pm – Australia v England at AAMI Park
Saturday 4pm – Papua New Guinea v Wales at Port Moresby
Saturday 6.10pm – New Zealand v Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium
Saturday 8.40pm – Fiji v USA at Townsville Stadium
Sunday 3pm – Ireland v Italy at Barlow Park
Sunday 4pm – France v Lebanon at Canberra Stadium
Sunday 5.15pm – Scotland v Tonga at Barlow Park