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Four named in Kangaroos Merit Team

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2017 NRL - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos
Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have been selected in Mal Meninga's Origin Merit Team. Credit: NRL Photos

Four Storm players have been named in the inaugural Kangaroos Origin Merit team.

The special side has been hand picked by Australian selectors based on performances throughout this year's State of Origin series.

Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Will Chambers have all been named in the team, making up four of the nine Queensland players selected.

Meninga said he hoped the naming of a Kangaroos Origin Merit Team following the interstate series would become a tradition.

“This is a special squad – the inaugural Kangaroos Origin Merit Team – and clearly it is a very talented squad as well,” said Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga.

“This has never been done before but I think it is an important step for the national team to make, based on the pathway from state through to international level.

“Overall it will be an acknowledgement of both personal and team performances as well as individual behaviours.”

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The 2017 Kangaroos Origin Merit Team:

Position

Player

State

NRL Club

Fullback

Billy Slater

Queensland

Melbourne Storm

Wing

Dane Gagai

Queensland

Newcastle Knights

Centre

Will Chambers

Queensland

Melbourne Storm

Centre

Josh Dugan

NSW

St George Illawarra Dragons

Wing

James Tedesco

NSW

Wests Tigers

Five-Eighth

James Maloney

NSW

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Halfback

Cooper Cronk

Queensland

Melbourne Storm

Prop

David Klemmer

NSW

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Hooker

Cameron Smith

Queensland

Melbourne Storm

Prop

Dylan Napa

Queensland

Sydney Roosters

Second Row

Matt Gillett

Queensland

Brisbane Broncos

Second Row

Boyd Cordner

NSW

Sydney Roosters

Lock

Josh McGuire

Queensland

Brisbane Broncos

Interchange

Michael Morgan

Queensland

North Queensland Cowboys

Interchange

Tyson Frizell

NSW

St George Illawarra Dragons

Interchange

Jake Trbojevic

NSW

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Interchange

Josh Jackson

NSW

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs