When Cameron Smith leads the Kangaroos out on Friday night against the Kiwis, he’ll join Darren Lockyer as the most capped players for Australia.

Sam Thaiday returns for the match for his first appearance in the Green & Gold since fracturing his eye socket in the Four Nations tournament.

Thaiday (pictured) and Smith played their first match for Australia together and the big forward says not only is he thrilled for the skipper, he’s excited to be part of such a significant match for his long time teammate.