Friend and Townsend named
Departing Vodafone Warriors Nathan Friend and Chad Townsend have been included in a train-on squad named by the Australian Rugby League Commission to prepare for the Prime Minister’s XIII to face Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Sunday, September 26.
The first group of players in the squad has been selected from the teams not taking part in the NRL finals.
More players will be added from the teams eliminated in week one of the finals ahead of the naming of a final team on September 15.
Penrith and former Vodafone Warriors coach Cleary has been appointed to coach the Prime Minister’s XIII.
PRIME MINISTER’S XIII – TRAIN-ON SQUAD
Newcastle | Dane Gagai, Jack Stockwell
Wests Tigers | James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods, Curtis Sironen
Gold Coast | James Roberts, Kane Elgey, Kierran Moseley, Beau Falloon, Ryan James
Penrith | Josh Mansour, James Segeyaro, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tyrone Peachey
Canberra | Jack Wighton, Edrick Lee, Jarrod Croker, Shannon Boyd, Paul Vaughan, Josh Papalii
Parramatta | Will Hopoate, Tepai Moeroa
Vodafone Warriors | Chad Townsend, Nathan Friend
Manly | Tom Trbojevic, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jake Trbojevic