Australia name frighteningly strong World Cup squad

Australia players celebrate a try during their Four Nations final win against the Kiwis at Anfield. Picture: SWpix.com.

Defending World Champions Australia have named their 24-man World Cup squad and it includes seven Premiership-winning stars from the Melbourne Storm.

There are also six debutants in Mal Meninga’s squad with Dane Gagai, Wade Graham, Felise Kaufusi, Jordan McLean, Cameron Muster and Tom Trbojevic included.

Cameron Smith will captain the squad, while Sydney Roosters’ Boyd Cordner has been endorsed as Vice-Captain by Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman John Grant.

“This squad has the right mix of youth and experience, as well as an overall balance across the positions for a World Cup campaign,” Kangaroos head coach Meninga said.

“It was selected based on form, performances in the State of Origin series as well as previously in the green and gold jersey.

“We have a number of players who can play multiple positions and that will be an advantage over the course of what we hope will be six matches.”

Australia open their World Cup campaign against England on October 27. Wayne Bennett will name his 24-man squad for the tournament on Monday.