Lewis picked for Australia

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Penrith skipper Luke Lewis has had a positive end to a horror day at the office, being named in the Australian Test side to play New Zealand on Friday night.

Lewis is the only Penrith player in the team. He has been named in the number 13 jumper.

28-year-old Lewis has played 11 tests for Australia, and first went on a Kangaroo tour following Penrith’s 2003 premiership success.

There is controversy surrounding the test side, with James Tamou picked on the bench. Tamou was born in New Zealand, and played his first football with the Levin Knights across the Tasman.

The full side is: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Akuila Uate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Paul Gallen, Cam Smith, David Shillington, David Taylor, Sam Thaiday, Luke Lewis. Bench: Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Hannant, James Tamou, Anthony Watmough.

Meanwhile, Penrith forward Sam McKendry has been selected in the New Zealand side for the match, which will be played at Eden Park.

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