NRL premiership-winning Penrith Panthers player and top prop James Fisher-Harris headlines the Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup wider squad announced on Thursday - a year out from the rescheduled showpiece event.
The 38-man squad will work towards a June Pacific Test and Trans-Tasman clash, before the October 2022 World Cup campaign.
The NRL's Backrower of the Year and Eels' golden buy, Isaiah Papali'i makes the cut alongside fellow Parramatta playmakers Dylan Brown and Marata Niukore.
Melbourne Storm's Brandon Smith is also named in the squad.
Smith has been fined $15,000 and suspended for one NRL game after he featured in videos, which emerged last month of him partying in a Queensland hotel with what appears to be a white substance.
Other Kiwi Storm talent included Reimis Smith who locked in his selection with 14 tries this year and standout half Jahrome Hughes, who was instrumental in a well-oiled Melbourne side that ran rampant throughout 2021.
Star Rooster's centre Joey Manu is included after one of his best seasons in the NRL which included 12 line breaks, 10 tries and 141 metres per game.
Manu is joined by veteran Kiwi prop and Roosters teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who made 1280 post-contact metres in 23 appearances for 2021.
Corey Harawira-Naera returns after a dominant performance in his first full season at Canberra, and departing Shark Shaun Johnson is joined by Cronulla teammates Ronaldo Mulitalo, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Briton Nikora.
Newcomers include Bronco's back-rower and former Junior Kiwis captain Jordan Riki, who enters the squad after a solid debut season.
Titan's Hooker and former Manurewa Marlin Erin Clark gets the call up alongside dynamic youngster Josh Schuster and Waikato born Morgan Harper after a breakthrough seasons with Manly.
The World Cup was originally scheduled to take place this month in England, before New Zealand and Australia expressed saftey concerns in the Covid-19 environment and withdrew from the tournament.
Kiwis head coach Michael Maguire said international football had been a challenge over the past two years.
"But the player's enthusiasm to represent their country is as strong as ever; there's no question as to how much this jersey means to them, and their eagerness to play has never wavered.
"The senior players set a strong foundation and have their eyes focused on the 2022 World Cup."
The 2021 season saw many Kiwi eligible players stamp their mark on the NRL, encouraging selectors to name an additional list of players that Maguire deemed "the future of the Kiwis team."
"With the football that our younger players have played, we have created a list of players that, with a little more experience, could be the future of this team.
"I am sure we will unearth some new Kiwi talent in the next 12 months, and we may even uncover more current names not listed. Nevertheless, this depth is encouraging."
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP WIDER SQUAD
NO NAME (In Alphabetical Order By Surname)
1 Josh Aloiai - Manly Sea Eagles
2 Nelson Asofa-Solomona - Melbourne Storm
3 Jesse Bromwich - Melbourne Storm
4 Kenny Bromwich - Melbourne Storm
5 Dylan Brown - Parramatta Eels
6 Erin Clark - Gold Coast Titans
7 James Fisher-Harris - Penrith Panthers
8 Kieran Foran - Manly Sea Eagles
9 Braden Hamlin-Uele - Cronulla Sharks
10 Corey Harawira-Naera - Canberra Raiders
11 Morgan Harper - Manly Sea Eagles
12 Tohu Harris - Warriors
13 Chanel Harris-Tavita - Warriors
14 Peta Hiku - Warriors
15 Jahrome Hughes - Melbourne Storm
16 Jamayne Isaako - Brisbane Broncos
17 Shaun Johnson - Cronulla Sharks
18 Isaac Liu - Sydney Roosters
19 Joseph Manu - Sydney Roosters
20 Jeremy Marshall-King - Canterbury Bulldogs
21 Ken Maumalo - Wests Tigers
22 Ronaldo Mulitalo - Cronulla Sharks
23 Charnze Nicoll-Klolstad - Canberra Raiders
24 Briton Nikora- Cronulla Sharks
25 Kodi Nikorima- Warriors
26 Marata Niukore - Parramatta Eels
27 Isaiah Paplii - Parramatta Eels
28 Kevin Proctor - Gold Coast Titans
29 Jordan Rapana - Canberra Raiders
30 Jordan Riki - Brisbane Broncos
31 Joshua Schuster - Manly Sea Eagles
32 Bailey Simonsson - Canberra Raiders
33 Brandon Smith - Melbourne Storm
34 Reimis Smith - Melbourne Storm
35 Joseph Tapine - Canberra Raiders
36 Jazz Tevaga - Warriors
37 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - Sydney Roosters
38 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak - Warriors