South Sydney prop David Taylor is the latest player to be ruled out of Australia‘s Four Nations squad.
Taylor, who withdrew after receiving medical advice on his injured shoulder, joins an ever-growing Kangaroos injury list.
His replacement will be named later this week.
Already missing are Manly pairing Brett and Glenn Stewart, Jarryd Hayne, Petero Civoniceva, Kurt Gidley and Justin Hodges.
In a rare piece of good news for coach Tim Sheens, Greg Inglis has declared himself fit after shrugging off an ankle injury.
New Zealand meanwhile are also suffering an injury crisis and are set to go into this weekend’s warm up clash with Australia without Krisnan Inu, Manu Vatuvei and Steve Matai.