Josh Addo-Carr out for Pacific Test series over Koori Knockout fight, Dylan Edwards called into Kangaroos squad

Josh Addo-Carr joins Pacific Test series after Koori Knockout, Dylan Edwards called up to Kangaroos squad

 

Penrith fullback Dylan Edwards is in contention for his first representative shirt after being called up to Australia’s extended squad for the Pacific Test series.

Edwards’ absence is one of the only controversies in the squad named by coach Mal Meninga ahead of the first match against Samoa on October 14.

But the three-time premiership winner is a late addition to Josh Addo-Carr, who was issued a breach notice by the NRL over an incident during the Koori Knockout competition.

“It is alleged that Addo-Carr engaged in conduct that brought the game into disrepute by punching an opposing player in the head after a match,” the NRL statement said.

The notice of violation did not specify any sanctions against Addo-Carr, but said he had five business days to respond. Known for his reliability in and out of defence, Edwards was one of the Panthers’ most important and improved players during their four seasons of NRL dominance.

He was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for his man-of-the-match performance in their 2022 grand final win over Parramatta and received the eighth highest number of votes in this year’s Dally M Medal tally.

But captain James Tedesco had to substitute the New South Wales and Australian halfback positions before Penrith’s resurgence, leaving Edwards the only three-time Panther still playing representative football.

The 27-year-old made his NRL debut as an outside halfback and had been suggested by pundits as a wing option for the NSW State of Origin team this year, but he was ultimately dropped fall.

With a shortage of specialist wingers in Meninga’s squad, Edwards could be called up to make his Kangaroos debut.

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