Group Nine name strong team to play Group 20

Ben Jeffery is captain the Group Nine Indigenous team to play Group 20 on Friday.
Ben Jeffery is captain the Group Nine Indigenous team to play Group 20 on Friday.

Group Nine Indigenous team captain Ben Jeffery has named a strong side to take on their Group 20 counterparts on Friday.

The two Indigenous teams will be the final curtain-raiser to the clash between Samoa and Country under 23s at Equex Centre.

Believing the team has a good mix of youth and experience, Jeffery is looking forward to the clash.

“We’ve got a few young kids in there plus some older, more experienced guys so we are pretty happy,” Jeffery said.

“Hopefully our young blokes can shine and show what they have got.”

Livewire Tristan Dickson is one notable absentee from the team.

The Kangaroos playmaker broke his shoulder blade during the Koori Knockout and will be big loss for the team.

His place at fullback has been taken by Harold Kirby.

Jeffery has named himself at hooker for the clash and is looking to get one over many of his former teammates, including plenty he played with Three Ways over the long weekend.

“Everyone wants to play on the big days and it is obviously going to be a big day,” he said.

The game will kick off at 5pm as the last of three curtain-raisers ahead of the World Cup warm up.

GROUP NINE INDIGENOUS TEAM

1 Harold Kirby (Brothers), 2 Jack Lyons (Kangaroos), 3 Peter Little (Brothers), 4 Usaia O’Sullivan (Southcity), 5 Jeremy Hampton (Kangaroos), 6 Nathan Rose (Southcity), 7 Dylan McLachlan (Kangaroos), 8 Dan Killian (Tumut), 9 Ben Jeffery (Kangaroos), 10 Tyson Hodge (Southcity) 11 Jake McGrath (Tumut), 12 Chris Maher (Temora), 13 Will Merritt (Brothers), 14 Steven O’Neil (Kangaroos), 15 Trey Charles (Southcity), 16 Brodie O’Neill (Kangaroos)