SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Luke Keary of the Roosters passes the ball during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The Australian Kangaroos squad has been named and features many excellent players. However there are a number of players that did not make the cut that could likely represent their nation well.

Injured players such as Kalyn Ponga and Blake Ferguson have not been considered for this list.


10. Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson was named the Dally M second row forward of the year despite his club struggling for much of the season. Jackson has already played two matches for the Kangaroos and nine for the Blues, and has never seemed out of place in the representative arena. A return to the Australian squad would have been a great end to Jackson’s year.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 11: Josh Jackson of the Bulldogs looks dejected after a Dragons try during the round 14 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on June 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


  1. I agree Addo-Carr needs to be there, but Keary played 1.5 good games and was directed to do most of what he did, not good enough to wipe out the hype of Munster. Aussie team should be good to watch against Tonga. Even in the back five, aussies slightly favoured in half’s, Tonga have killer forward pack. Will be interesting but I think an upset may happen. Hopefully cook and teddy do their thing and kill those big forwards.

    • If you watched Keary this season, and what he does off the ball in terms of organising out left edge is absolutely immense. I rate munster, and he should have been there anyway. But the fact that DCE/Ben Hunt were picked over keary screams nothing to me but QLD bias. Munster’s been an organizing halfback with 6 on his back all season anyway. Keary would have been allowed to prove his attacking value in Munster’s team, in a way that Ben Hunt and DCE could not.

      • Mate Munster and Keary are both running 5/8ths.
        Dce is a lock for half as he is the only genuine half left there..
        If you think Munster is the team organiser at storm, we’ll dude your in trouble. Smith then slater call the shots. 2019 May be different though

    • Keary has played brilliant all season, he was 18th man for NSW and deserved a bench place within the Australian team after producing stunning form throughout the semi final series. As Nick Politis admitted making a mistake letting Maloney depart, so too Russell Crowe harbors deep regret, chasing Keary towards our arch rivals.

      If South Sydney still had Keary employed at five eight this year, then a grand final birth would of been certain.

  2. How in the hell did Ado-Carr miss out? As much as I like Tommy T (he’s one of manly’s few actual first grade players) the Fox should have been first winger picked.

  3. Agree Keary should be considered – but I’m a bit old fashioned. I think you should play for your State before earning a Kangaroo jumper. I don’t rate Cody Walker as a rep player, too inconsistent. Munster is the pick, but has his anger management issues and can’t kick to save his life. There seem to be a lot of average or just above average halves in the NRL, but no real stand out that is an automatic pick (like a Joey, Lockyer, Cronk). If Ponga moves to the halves, he might fill this void?

    • But Munster developed a whole new style of kicking game late in the grand final. Whoops, but that may have been more anger management related.

  4. Walker = no way.
    Arrow =no way

    I like cook, but he goes missing in the big games. Look at the souths preliminaries.
    I like jackson but you can’t pick them all.

  5. Don’t know how Keary , Finukane & Ad-Carr aren’t there. Have all been great again in 2018.
    Just wonder how Waqa Blake never rates a mention for any rep sides? Not for NSW either.
    No one is faster . Ran down Johnson like he was standing still.

    • Blake might be quick and he’s got great footwork but his hands are terrible as is his defence. If he learnt to catch, tackle and read what his opposite number was doing he’d be in rep sides for sure.

      • May be something in what you say about Blake. I didn’t see a lot of Penrith’s defensive frailties occurring on his side of the field. His side of the field along with Kikau also scares the crap out of most oppositions . When they’re on, not many stop them & they never catch Bkake.
        Not sure he’s worse defending than James Roberts.

  6. Why does Pearce never play for Australia, he is the best half in the comp and has been for some time. Now that Thurston has retired, he is the only half that you can put in the middle of the field and have a running five-eight and fullback playing on each side. Munster needs to be playing one pass wider so he doesn’t have to do as much decision making and can just use his strength. Pearce should have at least been considered; so underrated…

    • Think he missed too much footy really to be considered.I hope if he stays injury free he will get a shot as now that JT has gone the shelves are looking bare.If he had a full season i think he would of killed it in SOO and walked into the test team.Leaving Roosters was always going to be good for him long term and can really seeing him brashing away his critics over next 4 yrs,i think ppl forget his age and that his about to enter his best years

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