Goodwin & Luke Added to Kiwi Train-on Squad
Rabbitohs players, Bryson Goodwin and Issac Luke, have both been added to the New Zealand Kiwis train-on squad for the upcoming tour of England in October and November.
The addition of the pair could pave the way for Goodwin to play his 11th Test of his international career, while Luke would play his 34th Test for the Kiwis if selected to play.
New Zealand Coach Stephen Kearney was particularly impressed with the form of centre/winger Goodwin in the latter stages of the 2015 NRL season.
"I thought Bryson finished off the year really well and while South Sydney were obviously disappointed with how it ended, he was one of their best players," Kearney told nzrl.co.nz.
The selection also means that the pair could come up against Rabbitohs forwards George and Thomas Burgess if the brothers are selected to represent England.
The wider Kiwis group consists of about 40 players and more will be named over the next three weeks as their NRL seasons end.
Train-on camps will begin next week in Auckland and Sydney, with the 23-strong touring side to be announced soon after the NRL Premiership Grand Final on October 4.
Congratulations to both Bryson and Issac on their selection in the squad.
The full New Zealand Kiwis squad so far is:
Lewis Brown (Penrith Panthers), Manaia Cherrington (Wests Tigers), Kieran Foran (Manly Sea Eagles), Bryson Goodwin (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Peta Hiku (Manly Sea Eagles), Solomone Kata (NZ Warriors), Tuimoala Lolohea (NZ Warriors), Issac Luke (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors), Ben Matulino (NZ Warriors), Manu Ma'u (Parramatta Eels), Sam McKendry (Penrith Panthers), Jason Nightingale (St George Dragons), Tim Simona (Wests Tigers), Martin Taupau (Wests Tigers), Elijah Taylor (Penrith Panthers), Bodene Thompson (NZ Warriors), Dean Whare (Penrith Panthers)