The following players made the cut for the Australian squad:
Braith Anasta, Greg Bird, Danny Buderus, Petero Civoniceva, Matt Cooper, Ben Creagh, Michael Crocker, Cooper Cronk, Ben Cross, Robbie Farah, Craig Fitzgibbon, Israel Folau, Paul Gallen, Kurt Gidley, Jarryd Hayne, Justin Hodges, Ryan Hoffman, Karmichael Hunt, Greg Inglis, Michael Jennings, Dallas Johnson, Brent Kite, Anthony Laffranchi, Darren Lockyer, Willie Mason, Joel Monaghan, Nate Myles, Luke O’Donnell, Josh Perry, Justin Poore, Steve Price, Scott Prince, Anthony Quinn, Steve Simpson, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Brett Stewart, Glenn Stewart, Brent Tate, Sam Thaiday, Johnathan Thurston, Anthony Tupou, Anthony Watmough, Carl Webb, Brett White, Craig Wing.
Of interest is the fact that prominent NRL and NSW halfbacks Peter Wallace and Mitchell Pearce missed the cut, as did Nathan Hindmarsh. The Australian selectors looked to have opted for a more experienced side, with the majority of the players having big game rep matches under their belts.
Only 11 of the selected squad are yet to play for Australia; bolter selections included Michael Jennings from the Penrith Panthers and Justin Poore from the Dragons.
The NRL also chose to omit French Rugby convert Mark Gasnier from the squad, continuing their hard line of players choosing to leave the game.