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Rugby League World Cup: Australia recall Reagan Campbell-Gillard for New Zealand semi

Australia coach Mal Meninga has recalled prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard for Friday’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Leeds.

Penrith Panthers prop Moses Leota has been named in New Zealand’s squad after recovering from a groin problem.

Winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is also included after missing the last-eight win over Fiji with a hamstring issue.

Australia hooker Ben Hunt returns after being rested for the 48-4 quarter-final win over Lebanon, with Harry Grant dropping to the bench.

Experienced half-back Daly Cherry-Evans is set to miss out at Elland Road.

“Once again it has been extremely difficult to leave out players who have performed very well in our colours,” said Meninga.

“This is our most important game of the World Cup for us and a great challenge against the calibre of the New Zealand side.

“I am happy with our performances so far, but we all know we need to improve.”

Australia squad: Josh Addo-Carr, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Patrick Carrigan, Daly Cherry-Evans, Nathan Cleary, Reuben Cotter, Angus Crichton, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Harry Grant, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Liam Martin, Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Munster, Cameron Murray, James Tedesco (capt), Jake Trbojevic, Jack Wighton, Isaah Yeo.

New Zealand squad: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jesse Bromwich (capt), Kenny Bromwich, Dylan Brown, James Fisher-Harris, Kieran Foran, Peta Hiku, Jahrome Hughes, Moses Leota, Isaac Liu, Joseph Manu, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Briton Nikora, Isaiah Papali’i, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Joseph Tapine, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

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