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Greg Inglis will captain Australia’s Kangaroos in their upcoming Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.

Premiership-winning Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell has earned his first call-up to the national team.

The team will feature a new-look spine, with James Tedesco, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans and Damien Cook to fill the fullback, five-eighth, halfback and hooker roles – as long as Munster isn’t suspended after being put on report in Sunday’s grand final for kicking the Roosters’ Joseph Manu.

Tyrone Peachey is the fourth debutant in the squad alongside Mitchell, Tedesco and Cook.

“This is a new era for the Kangaroos and it is a very exciting one, based on the talent available,” Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said.

“There is certainly a strong showing from the NSW squad which won the State of Origin series and we have a number of players who performed exceptionally well through the Finals Series as well as in the Grand Final.

“While there are only two Test matches for the Kangaroos this year they are extremely important to me and this squad.

“This will give us a good gauge of who we will be looking at to lead the Kangaroos into the future.

“The Kangaroos have not played the Kiwis in New Zealand for four years, and have not played in Auckland for six years, so the October 13 Test match will be an extremely important one for us.

“The first Test match ever against Tonga will also be a historic occasion not only for the Kangaroos but for the game as well.”

Kangaroos squad
Regan Campbell-Gillard (Panthers)
Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
Damien Cook (Rabbitohs)
Boyd Cordner (Roosters)
Tyson Frizell (Dragons)
Valentine Holmes (Sharks)
Ben Hunt (Dragons)
Greg Inglis (c, Rabbitohs)
Felise Kaufusi (Storm)
David Klemmer (Bulldogs)
Josh McGuire (Broncos)
Jordan McLean (Cowboys)
Latrell Mitchell (Roosters)
Cameron Munster (Storm)
Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
James Tedesco (Roosters)
Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
Aaron Woods (Sharks)

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