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  "Competition - Test Match.\rTeams - Australia v New Zealand .\rVenue - NIB Stadium, Perth Western Australia.\rDate - October 15th 2016.\rPhotographer - Robb Cox © NRL Photos\r",
  "Competition - Test Match.\nTeams - Australia v New Zealand .\nVenue - NIB Stadium, Perth Western Australia.\nDate - October 15th 2016.\nPhotographer - Robb Cox © NRL Photos\n"

St George Illawarra duo Russell Packer and Jason Nightingale have been named in New Zealand's 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad.

Nightingale returns to the Kiwis' squad after missing out on selection in the mid-year Trans-Tasman Test against the Kangaroos.

Packer made his return to the Kiwis make-up in 2017 after a six-year absence, and will provide leadership up front for New Zealand. 

2017 New Zealand Rugby League World Cup squad: 

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors) 
Dallin Watene Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers) 
Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra Dragons) 
Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders) 
Gerard Beale (Cronulla Sharks) 
Brad Takairangi (Parramatta Eels) 
Dean Whare (Penrith Panthers) 
Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves) 
Shaun Johnson (Warriors) 
Thomas Leuluai (Wigan Warriors) 
Kodi Nikorima (Brisbane Broncos) 
Te Maire Martin (North Queensland Cowboys) 
Danny Levi (Newcastle Knights) 
Adam Blair (c) (Brisbane Broncos)
Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles) 
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters) 
Russell Packer (St George Illawarra Dragons) 
Addin Fonua-Blake (Many Sea Eagles) 
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm) 
Simon Mannering (Warriors) 
Kenny Bromwich (Melbourne Storm) 
Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders) 
Isaac Liu (Sydney Roosters) 
Elijah Taylor (Wests Tigers)

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St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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