Manu Ma'u. Photographer - Robb Cox.

Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward and 2016 Ken Thornett Medallist Manu Ma'u has been confirmed in New Zealand's new coach David Kidwell's 24-strong Test squad.

Ma'u is the sole Blue and Gold representative in Kidwell's squad that includes five uncapped players in Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine, Warriors pair David Fusitu'a and Solomone Kata, and young Penrith playmaker Te Maire Martin.

Kidwell has retained Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich as captain, continuing the role he filled in the Test against Australia in Newcastle in May.

Former skipper Simon Mannering is also in the squad.

The Kiwis play Australia on October 15 in Perth before they seek to defend their Four Nations title in the United Kingdom.

They open their Four Nations account against hosts England on Sunday, October 30 (NZ time) at Huddersfield, followed by Australia (November 6) and Scotland (November 12).

Those unavailable for selection include Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Peta Hiku, Dean Whare, Kieran Foran, Ben Matulino, Alex Glenn and Kodi Nikorima.

Kiwis: Gerard Beale, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Lewis Brown, Greg Eastwood, David Fusitu'a, Tohu Harris, Shaun Johnson, Jordan Kahu, Solomone Kata, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Thomas Leuluai, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Te Maire Martin, Manu Ma'u, Jason Nightingale, Kevin Proctor, Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.