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David Fifita to captain Junior Kangaroos

Broncos forward David Fifita has been awarded the captaincy of the Junior Kangaroos after a breakout NRL season with Brisbane.

The 19-year-old second-rower, who played in all three State of Origin matches for Queensland this year and scored seven tries in 24 NRL matches, was selected to lead a star-studded under-23 line-up featuring the likes of Kalyn Ponga, Angus Crichton, Victory Radley and Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Storm halfback Brodie Croft has been made the team's vice captain.

Fifita was one of three Australians selected in the World Cup 9s men's team of the tournament on the weekend, along with Mitchell Moses and Josh Addo-Carr.

Junior Kangaroos squad: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Campbell Graham, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Kalyn Ponga, 7. Brodie Croft, 8. Corey Horsburgh, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Thomas Flegler, 11. David Fifita, 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Victor Radley. Interchange: 14. AJ Brimson, 15. Nat Butcher, 16.
Emre Guler, 17. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, 18. Gehamat Shibasaki

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