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Five newcomers in Kiwis squad

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/10/2016
Jordan Rapana. © Getty Images Jordan Rapana.

In-form Canberra Raiders winger Jordan Rapana heads five uncapped players named in new Kiwis coach David Kidwell's 24-strong squad on Tuesday.

Rapana, who scored 23 tries for the Raiders this season, is joined by teammate Joseph Tapine, Warriors pair David Fusitu'a and Solomone Kata, and young Penrith Panthers playmaker Te Maire Martin.

Kidwell has retained Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich as his captain, continuing the role he filled against Australia at Newcastle in May.

Long-serving skipper Simon Mannering is also in the group.

"Jesse did a great job leading the team earlier this year in Simon's absence and, at this stage of his career, I think Simon is just as happy not having the weight of captaincy on him," Kidwell said.

"Ultimately, they will both be part of a strong leadership group that set a strong culture for this team."

The Kiwis play Australia on October 15 in Perth before they seek to defend their Four Nations title in the United Kingdom.

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