Shannon Boyd of the Raiders Photo: Getty Images
Shannon Boyd is set to add to his stellar NRL season by making his Test debut for Australia next week - and it could even be as part of the run-on side.
Boyd was the bolter in coach Mal Meninga's 24-man Four Nations squad named on Tuesday, the hulking Canberra prop one of seven rookies named.
He appears a certain selection for Saturday week's Test against Four Nations champions New Zealand in Perth.
Incumbent prop Paul Gallen and interchange front-rowers James Tamou and Josh McGuire missed out on selection in the squad, meaning there are at least three spots open in Meninga's 17.
With Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods getting married on the same day as the match, it opens the way for Boyd to not only make the squad, but also force his way into the starting side alongside Matt Scott.
Woods said Boyd would not be out of place.
"He is big boy he is a very solid thing, he will get the boys going forward for sure," Woods told AAP.
"He is really aggressive in defence too so he will make a big impact on this Aussie squad now and into the future.
"Obviously he hasn't played Origin yet. But I can't question his selection. He has been one of the best front-rowers in the NRL this year."
Shannon Boyd of the Raiders on the burst Photo: Getty Images
If Boyd does start he will be charged with halting the moment of the monster Kiwi pack led by skipper Jesse Bromwich at nib Stadium.
Bromwich's Melbourne teammate and Australian halfback Cooper Cronk said Boyd was up to the task.
"He is a big body through the middle third and he generates good play the ball speed because of his size," Cronk said.
"He gets over the advantage line and finds his front and gets up and plays the ball.
"He carries that size to his advantage, you don't see him missing tackles in defence and when you are coming up against the big NZ pack you are going to need some big bodies."
Expect an emotional Boyd when he does get the call up.
"I wasn't that emotional, more excited and nervous, when I got the call from Mal (to join the 24-man squad)," Boyd said.
"But if I get to play I think I will be.
"To be a chance of playing it is a lot more than what I thought I would achieve this year.
"I thought I would just be playing club footy at the Raiders."
Meninga has picked his Four Nations squad with an eye on the future - the 24-year-old, 122kg, 194cm Boyd, who has played 67 NRL matches with the Raiders since 2014, proof of that.
Prop is just one of many spots wide open for the clash with No.1 ranked New Zealand, with Andrew Fifita and Semi Radrardra banned from selection and Josh Mansour also getting married that weekend.
Cronulla winger Valentine Holmes is another player would could debut.
Possible Australian team for Perth Test against New Zealand:
Darius Boyd, Valentine Holmes, Greg Inglis, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Shannon Boyd, Josh Papalii, Matt Gillett, Trent Merrin
Interchange: David Klemmer, Michael Morgan, Boyd Cordner, Sam Thaiday