Greg Eastwood has been named in the Kiwis squad to take on Australia in Perth on October 15 before heading over to the UK for the Ladbrokes Four Nations.

With 24 test caps already to his name, Eastwood will play in a side that will feature five debutants including David Fusitu'a, Solomone Kata, Te Maire Martin, Jordan Rapana and Joseph Tapine under recently appointed head coach David Kidwell.

 “All of these players have shown exciting form during the NRL season and have certainly earned their selection on merit,” says Kidwell.

“But we’re always looking one step ahead, whether that’s to next year’s World Cup or beyond, and we also think all these players can play a big part in keeping the Kiwis on top for many years to come.

“In picking this team, we’ve tried to achieve a balance between players who are proven at test level and those that are the future of the Kiwis programme. Injuries play an unfortunate part in our game and some of these newcomers will get an immediate opportunity to show they’re ready for the next level.”

With some of the Kiwi regulars unavailable for the up-coming series include Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Peta Hiku, Dean Whare, Kieran Foran, Ben Matulino, Alex Glenn and Kodi Nikorima; Eastwood will look to provide some well needed experience to side.

The Kiwis squad will assemble in Perth over next weekend for the test against Australia on October 15.

They open their Four Nations account against hosts England on Sunday, October 30 (NZ time) at Huddersfield, followed by Australia (November 6) and Scotland (November 12).

The 24-man NZ Kiwis squad is:

Name

Club

Kiwi No.

Tests

Gerard Beale  

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks  

 767

 8

Adam Blair

Brisbane Broncos

 732

35 

Jesse Bromwich   

Melbourne Storm

 775

18 

Lewis Brown

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles   

 762

10 

Greg Eastwood

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

 737

24 

David Fusitu'a

NZ Warriors

 -

Tohu Harris

Melbourne Storm

 778

11 

Shaun Johnson

NZ Warriors

 774

15 

Jordan Kahu

Brisbane Broncos

 790

 4

Solomone Kata

NZ Warriors

 -

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Sydney Roosters

 746

 17

Thomas Leuluai

NZ Warriors/Wigan Warriors

 704

 34

Issac Luke

NZ Warriors

 749

 36

Simon Mannering

NZ Warriors

 731

 41

Te Maire Martin

Penrith Panthers

 -

 -

Manu Ma'u

Parramatta Eels

 795

 1

Jason Nightingale

St George Illawarra Dragons

 747

 29

Kevin Proctor

Melbourne Storm

 771

 12

Jordan Rapana

Canberra Raiders

 -

 -

Joseph Tapine

Canberra Raiders

 -

 -

Jason Taumalolo

North Queensland Cowboys

 786

 5

Martin Taupau

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

 785

 10

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Sydney Roosters

 755

 17

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

Penrith Panthers

 794

 1