Johns leads Australia against Great Britain

By Eric Perkins
Friday 10 January 2014 02:13

Australia have named four debutants in their side to play Great Britain in the Test in Sydney on Friday. They are Timana Tahu and Scott Simpson, both of Newcastle, and the substitutes, Brent Tate of Brisbane, and Willie Mason, Canterbury's Tongan forward.

The side, which includes seven survivors from last year's triumphant tour of Britain, will be captained by Andrew Johns, who has been preferred to Gorden Tallis.

The Leeds centre Tonie Carroll has announced his intention to leave Headingley at the end of the season.

The New Zealand international is to return to Australia in the hope of regaining his Queensland State of Origin place. Carroll, who joined the club from the Brisbane Broncos after the 2000 World Cup, was the Rhinos' top try-scorer last season with 23.

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