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With the Kangaroos heading to England in October to try and defend their World Cup crown, players across the NRL will be out to stake their claims for a berth in Mal Meninga's Kangaroos squad.

Every month this season, for a series presented by Gallagher, retired greats Steve Renouf, Josh Morris and Michael Morgan will select a 17-man Australian squad with a composite team then assembled based on their most popular picks.

Renouf played 11 Tests for his country and scored Australia's only try in the 1992 World Cup final triumph over England at Wembley while Morgan was part of the Kangaroos side that beat England 6-0 in Brisbane in the 2017 World Cup final. Morris played six Tests for Australia and was part of Australia's successful 2013 World Cup campaign.

There will be a final team announced at the end of the season.

Incumbency and career achievements won't be part of the selection criteria, it's all about form, so the trio's teams aren't necessarily a reflection of who they believe should make Australia's next official side.

Kangaroos Form Team of the Month: April

Ryan Papenhuyzen is the undisputed fullback after his scintillating form for the Storm — joining teammates Cameron Munster, Xavier Coates and Harry Grant in the side after they were selected by the majority of our experts.

Siosifa Talakai's barnstorming month saw him earn selection in the centres alongside Stephen Crichton, who has is flying under the radar somewhat at Penrith with try-scoring rookie Taylan May grabbing all the plaudits for his run of form.

Penrith's co-captains have been in fine form this season.
Penrith's co-captains have been in fine form this season. ©NRL Photos

Up front, Payne Haas is a near-automatic selection despite battling through a shoulder injury, while Cameron Murray and Isaah Yeo were impossible to leave out.

That's where the contentious selections come in — Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Keaon Koloamatangi earning their way into the run-on side, while Jai Arrow joins Cowboys young gun Jeremiah Nanai and Ryan Matterson on the bench.

Ben Hunt's efforts in recent weeks have seen him on not only drive the Dragons up the ladder, but also find his way into jersey 14 on our experts' bench.

Josh Morris' Kangaroos Form Team

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Xavier Coates 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Taylan May 6. Cameron Munster 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Payne Haas 9. Harry Grant 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Cameron Murray 13. Isaah Yeo (14. Ryan Matterson 15. Junior Paulo 16. Haumole Olakau'atu 17. Nicho Hynes)

A fairly settled backline for Morris with several in-form stars that simply can't be left out of the side. Morris' starting side reflects that of the overall Form Team of the Month, while his bench sees a few new selections thrown into the mix.

Junior Paulo partners his Eels front row partner Reagan Campbell-Gillard in the side, while Sea Eagles edge Haumole Olakau'atu earns selection after his strong run of form for the Rabbitohs. Ryan Matterson has been delivering big numbers off the bench for the Eels and becomes the third blue and gold forward to find his way into Morris' side, with Sharks playmaker Nicho Hynes rounding out the team.

Coates back to back hat-tricks


Michael Morgan's Kangaroos Form Team

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Xavier Coates 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Valentine Holmes 5. Taylan May 6. Cameron Munster 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Payne Haas 9. Harry Grant 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Cameron Murray 13. Isaah Yeo (14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh Papalii 16. Tyson Frizell 17. Jeremiah Nanai)

Morgan has a near identical backline to Morris, but believes the positional change for Valentine Holmes has the fullback-turned-centre firing for North Queensland, and it's hard to argue given his recent run of form. Cameron Munster's career-best form makes him an automatic selection along with Nathan Cleary in the halves.

Cleary carries Panthers to victory


Up front, Storm workhorse Felise Kaufusi edges out Cowboys tyro Jeremiah Nanai for a starting spot — Nanai instead finding his way on to the bench as he continues to shine for Todd Payten's side — while Tyson Frizell and Josh Papalii continue to work tirelessly despite their team's struggles in recent weeks.

Ben Hunt is the utility on the bench as he continues to shine for the Dragons.

Steve Renouf's Kangaroos Form Team

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Selwyn Cobbo 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Dylan Edwards 6. Cameron Munster 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Payne Haas 9. Damien Cook 10. Francis Molo 11. Jake Trbojevic 12. Cameron Murray 13. Isaah Yeo (14. Ben Hunt 15. Angus Crichton 16. Jai Arrow 17. Liam Martin)

There's some new faces in Renouf's team, with Kotoni Staggs not only bursting his way into Origin contention but also the centre spot in this month's form team. He partners Stephen Crichton in the side, with Dylan Edwards shoehorned in on the wing given the Panthers fullback's consistency each and every week.

Renouf believes Francis Molo has delivered the best form of his career in the past month and has partnered him up front alongside Payne Haas, while the consistency of Jake Trbojevic, Cameron Murray, Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin and Jai Arrow all sees them find their way into the 17-man team. 

Angus Crichton's return to the starting side with the Roosters has seen him do enough to make his way on to the bench alongside Hunt.

Hunt shows his class

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