Tyson Frizell

Frizell to be fighting fit for season start

Frizell's back issues came to the forefront this time last year and restricted his pre-season greatly, where he was forced to withdraw from the inaugural World All Stars team. 

However Frizell said the current severity of the injury doesn't compare to the cards he was dealt last pre-season.

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2016 stats: 81.2 metres per game, 38 tackles per game, 38 tackle breaks

Rookies to bring new edge to Kangaroos

Holmes, Boyd and Frizell on Friday were named to make their Australian debuts in Saturday's international against New Zealand at Perth's nib Stadium.

The selections continue a transformation of the Australian team under Meninga after his choice of four debutants in May for his first Test in charge of the Kangaroos.

"Shannon, Tyson and Valentine have all added a new dimension to our team with their enthusiasm and excitement," Meninga said on Friday.

"We have a big Kiwis pack, we will be out to match that and big Boydy is a big part of that.

Frizell makes immediate Origin impact

While Queensland have quietly ushered in the next generation of the Maroons over the past two Series the Blues can take heart from the fact that many of their best performers inWednesday night's 26-16 loss are in their maiden Origin series.

Blues embrace 'brick wall' Frizell

However centre Michael Jennings has praised the man brought into the squad to replace him in Dragons forward Tyson Frizell.

Graham was unable to beat the charge arising from an awkward tackle on Cowboys playmaker Johnathan Thurston at the judiciary on Wednesday night. Loading and carry-overs from a separate incident last year pushed him just over the 100-point threshold meaning he misses one game – cruelly, it lines up with what was to be his Origin debut next Wednesday night.