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Dragons dozen named for Australia

12 St George Illawarra players have been named to represent Australia in the upcoming World Cup Nines and end-of-year Tests.

While Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell have represented the Kangaroos previously, Dragons front-rower Paul Vaughan will potentially make a deserved debut for Australia after playing a starring role for the Dragons and New South Wales over the past three years.

The Kangaroos will play New Zealand in Wollongong on October 25 and Tonga at Eden Park on November 2.

In further good news, Frizell and Hunt have been named to represent Australia in the inaugural World Cup Nines at Bankwest Stadium on October 18 and 19.

Eight Women's Premiership players have also been picked to represent Australia at the World Cup Nines. They are Kezie Apps, Shaylee Bent, Brittany Breayley, Keeley Davis, Tiana Penitani, Jess Sergis, Shakiah Tungai and Botille Vette-Welsh. 

Dragons vice-captain Holli Wheeler has also been picked to represent the Jillaroos, to face New Zealand at WIN Stadium on Friday, October 25. She will be joined by Apps, Breayley, Davis, Sergis, Tungai and Vette-Welsh. 

England have also named James Graham as captain of their World Cup Nines squad alongside Dragons skipper Gareth Widdop. See the team here.

Kangaroos Test squad: Josh Addo-Carr, Daly Cherry-Evans, Damien Cook, Boyd Cordner, Nick Cotric, Tyson Frizell, Wade Graham, Payne Haas, Ben Hunt, Luke Keary, David Klemmer, Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Munster, Cameron Murray, Josh Papalii, James Tedesco, Jake Trbojevic, Paul Vaughan, Jack Wighton.

Kangaroos Nines squad: Josh Addo-Carr, Jai Arrow, AJ Brimson, Nathan Brown, Kyle Feldt, David Fifita, Tyson Frizell, Reuben Garrick, Wade Graham, Clint Gutherson, Ben Hunt, Mitchell Moses, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Kalyn Ponga, Curtis Scott, Cody Walker.

Jillaroos Test squad: Kezie Apps, Millie Boyle, Annette Brander, Ali Brigginshaw, Brittany Breayley, Keeley Davis, Kirra Dibb, Talisha Harden, Isabelle Kelly, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Corban McGregor, Jess Sergis, Hannah Southwell, Simaima Taufa, Shakiah Tungai, Botille Vette-Welsh, Holli Wheeler

Jillaroos Nines squad: Kezie Apps, Shaylee Bent, Ali Brigginshaw, Millie Boyle, Brittany Breayley, Keeley Davis, Kirra Dibb, Talisha Harden, Isabelle Kelly, Corban McGregor, Tiana Penitani, Julia Robinson, Jess Sergis, Hannah Southwell, Shakiah Tungai, Tamika Upton, Botille Vette-Welsh

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