Lock forward Greg Eastwood has been named in the New Zealand Test squad to play the Kangaroos in Newcastle on Friday.
With regular captain Simon Mannering sidelined by injury, Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich, a 17-test veteran since 2012, will lead the side for the first time.
North Queensland powerhouse Jason Taumalolo returns to the national side, after missing its entire 2015 campaign, while NZ Warriors half Shaun Johnson and Canterbury Bulldogs lock Greg Eastwood are back, after missing the England series.
“I’m super happy with who we have and the one thing we’ve built over the last two years is, regardless who we have in the jumper, we have a responsibility and duty to go out there and perform,” says Kearney.
NEW ZEALAND KIWIS:
Danny Levi (19th man)