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Bash Brothers back together for Kangaroos

By AAP Newswire

The Bash Brothers are back together.

And David Klemmer has hailed good mate Aaron Woods' character after he forced his way back into the rep arena following his State of Origin axing this year.

The two bookends have been inseparable in representative camps ever since they were first paired together for Australia in 2014 and for the last several years had been fixtures of the NSW side.

Woods' dumping from the Blues as part of Brad Fittler's shake up and his mid-season departure from Canterbury shattered their bromance.

But Woods has resurrected his representative career after moving to Cronulla and getting back to the things he does best - especially tough carries and deft offloads.

Woods has kept Reagan Campbell-Gillard - who took his spot during Origin - out of the Australian 17 for Saturday's Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

And Klemmer said Woods showed real fortitude to fight his way back when he could have feared representative football had passed him by and younger props had the 27-year-old's spot.

"I'm just pumped for him," Klemmer said.

"He wasn't there during Origin and he's just happy to be back playing representative football and that's where he belongs. He's a quality footy player and he deserves to be here.

"The form he's showed and the character to get back to playing the way he is, it's a credit to him.

"He's an awesome player and I reckon he showed a lot of people what he can do."

Despite playing off the bench at the Sharks, Woods was one of coach Shane Flanagan's best through their run to the third week of the NRL finals.

And his disregard for the number on his back was a big reason behind Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga's show of faith.

"He's been playing some good footy at the Sharks. He just did his job that Flanno wanted him to do and Mal's been pretty good to him.

"We're just excited to be back playing footy again."