The Australian Rugby League Commission has announced a Kangaroos Merit Team, which includes some of the game’s most exciting young players.
The NRL is also pleased to announce that insurance broker Gallagher is the new Naming Rights Partner of the Australian Kangaroos.
Gallagher will become a major sponsor for the Kangaroos as part of a multi-year partnership. Alongside being the naming rights partner of the Gallagher Kangaroos, Gallagher will be the official insurance broker of the NRL.
The Gallagher Kangaroos Merit Team was selected by the Australian selection panel and the Commission. It includes Wally Lewis Medal winner Cameron Munster and Dally M Medallist Jack Wighton.
ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM said the Commission was proud to work with the selection panel to name the best 17 from the Ampol State of Origin series squads.
“There is no greater honour in rugby league than representing your country, and while the pandemic has stopped the Gallagher Kangaroos from playing this year, it is still incredibly important for the Commission to acknowledge the best 17 from the Origin series,” Mr V’landys said.
“This Merit Team includes some of the most exciting young players in the competition who I’m sure will be part of the Gallagher Kangaroos program for many years. “
“I also want to acknowledge the sacrifices of these 17 players who went from a club bubble to a State of Origin bubble. They sacrificed more than anyone in our game to ensure we completed an entire schedule. I want to say thank you for those sacrifices.”
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the game was delighted to welcome Gallagher to the NRL family as Naming Rights partner of the Kangaroos.
“Playing for the Kangaroos is the pinnacle of our sport. It’s a jumper steeped in history and to have Gallagher’s branding across the front is a coup for our game,’’ he said.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the Gallagher team to grow our partnership in the years ahead.”
Gallagher CEO Sarah Lyons said she was excited about the link with the iconic Australian sporting brand.
“Everything we provide in insurance, risk management and consulting services comes down to helping our client face their future with confidence. The same is true with our support for rugby league,” Gallagher Australia CEO Sarah Lyons said.
“We believe that in every rugby league club and team, like with all our clients, there are dreams, desires waiting to be fulfilled. We are proud to help our clients achieve their potential.”
The 2020 Gallagher Kangaroos Merit Team is as follows:
- James Tedesco
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Dane Gagai
- Jack Wighton
- Daniel Tupou
- Cameron Munster
- Nathan Cleary
- Josh Papalii
- Damien Cook
- Christian Welch
- Boyd Cordner (Captain)
- Felise Kaufusi
- Cameron Murray
- Ryan Papenhuyzen
- Payne Haas
- Angus Crichton
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui