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Young Panthers stars given Kiwis shot

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/09/2016
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. © Getty Images Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

Prodigious Panthers trio James Fisher-Harris, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Te Maire Martin have all been included in the Kiwis' Four Nations train-on squad.

The three Kiwis, along with Penrith forward Suaia Matagi, have been called up to new coach David Kidwell's preliminary squad after their side's NRL finals defeat to the Raiders last weekend.

Fisher-Harris and Martin, both 20, are yet to make their Test debut, while the 21-year-old Watene-Zelezniak has made just the single international appearance in this year's Anzac Test.

Matagi, 28, has made just the single appearance in the black jumper, playing against Samoa in the 2014 Four Nations.

The Panthers quartet will be joined in camp by Broncos trio Adam Blair, Alex Glenn and Jordan Kahu after their side fell out of the NRL hunt to the Cowboys.

Blair, 30, co-captained the Kiwis on their tour of England last year.

Meanwhile, Warriors young gun Jazz Tevaga will step into the Kiwis fold after veteran Ben Matulino withdrew from contention to undergo surgery.

Tevaga, who can play hooker or in the back row, impressed in his 11 appearances this season at Mount Smart Stadium.

Five additional players will join the squad after their NRL clubs are eliminated from the finals, with the final 24-man touring party to be named in early October.

The No.1 ranked Kiwis will face Australia in Perth on October 15 before heading to England for their Four Nations title defence.

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