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Eels trio added to Test squad

By Todd Balym and Steve Jancetic 11/09/2006 07:51:19 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta winger Jarryd Hayne capped a remarkable debut season in the NRL with selection on the Australian Test train-on squad.

Hayne was rewarded for an unbelievable year with the Eels, in which he scored 17 tries in 16 games, with selection in the provisional Kangaroos squad along with Parramatta teammates Nathan Hindmarsh and Eric Grothe.

Named the Dally M rookie of the year last week, Hayne can thank rookie Parramatta coach Jason Taylor for his elevation into the representative ranks after he was left languishing in Premier League by former coach Brian Smith for the first half of the season.

While Hayne would be considered unlikely to make the final Kangaroos squad, he is a more than likely inclusion in the Prime Minister's XIII to play Papua New Guinea next month.

"He's been playing well and we're picking a fairly big squad at this stage and we thought he deserved an opportunity," Kangaroos selector Des Morris said.

"We're picking some players with a view to the Prime Minister's XIII as well, he'd come into calculations there.

"His side's been going well and he's capitalised on that."

Grothe could be a late starter for the Tri-Nations tournament if he makes the final squad after being charged by the NRL match review committee for his forearm to the head of Melbourne centre Jake Webster in Sunday's qualifying final loss at Olympic Park.

Grothe will miss two matches with an early guilty plea or two matches if he chooses to fight the charge and losses at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

The Eels trio extended the train-on squad to 20 players with Canberra, the other side eliminated after the first week of the finals, completely overlooked for inclusion.

Canberra chief executive Simon Hawkins said he didn't expect any Raiders to be named despite proving many critics wrong with their seventh place finish in 2006.

However, Hawkins believes it is only a matter of time until the young Raiders earn representative accolades, particularly workaholic lock Alan Tongue who set an NRL record for the most tackles this year.

"A few of the young guys have probably yet to prove themselves so I would not expect to have a big representation from the Raiders there," said Hawkins.

"(Alan Tongue) is a fabulous player ... invariably he will play some rep footy at a later stage."

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