Triple treat as Mal bloods new Roos

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 04:22:13 PM. THE Kangaroos will field three debutants in their World Cup opener while Michael Morgan has beaten Cameron Munster and James Maloney to wear the No. 6 jersey.

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Rugby League World Cup Teams Week One

THE Kangaroos will field three debutants in their World Cup opener while Michael Morgan has beaten Cameron Munster and James Maloney to wear the No. 6 jersey.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has named South Sydney bound Dane Gagai to start on the wing while Cronulla vice-captain Wade Graham and Melbourne prop Jordan McLean have been named on the interchange bench.

Morgan has been rewarded for his stellar NRL season by claiming the five-eighth spot which was up for grabs following his club teammate Jonathan Thurston’s season-ending knee injury.

“All of my games bar one for Australia have been off the bench in a different role. So it’s where I prefer to play, so look I’d feel comfortable if given the opportunity,” Morgan said.

Meninga has named a squad of 21 for their clash against England in Melbourne on Friday night.

Other key selections include Billy Slater playing his first Test since 2014, Wade Graham earning the bench utility spot, Jake Trbojevic starting at lock, James Maloney, Cameron Munster and Josh Mansour being overlooked for the 21-man squad.

-Michael Carayannis


Friday October 27

Australia v England at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, 8pm (AEDT)


1. Billy Slater 2. Dane Gagai 3. Will Chambers 4. Josh Dugan 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Aaron Woods 9. Cameron Smith 10. David Klemmer 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Matt Gillett 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Wade Graham 15. Jordan McLean 16. Josh McGuire 17. Tyson Frizell 18. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 19. Ben Hunt 20. Tom Trbojevic 21. Felise Kaufusi

Coach: Mal Meninga

Michael Morgan has won the race to partner Cooper Cronk in the halves while Wade Graham, Jordan McLean and Dane Gagai will make their Test debuts. This match will be Billy Slater’s first Test for Australia since 2014.


1. Jonny Lomax 2. Jermaine McGillvary 3. Kallum Watkins 4. John Bateman 5. Ryan Hall 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Luke Gale 8. Chris Hill 9. Josh Hodgson 10. James Graham 11. Sam Burgess 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Sean O’Loughlin (c) 14. Alex Walmsley 15. Chris Heighington 16. Thomas Burgess 17. James Roby 18. Ben Curries 19. Kevin Brown 20. Mark Percival 21. Scott Taylor

Coach: Wayne Bennett

Sam Burgess will start on the edge and Jonny Lomax at fullback. Wigan legend Sean O’Loughling will captain the side from lock.

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Sam Burgess will form a big part of England’s challenge. Source: News Corp Australia

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Saturday October 28

Papua New Guinea v Wales at Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, 4pm (AEDT)


1. David Mead 2. Justin Olam 3. Kato Ottio 4. Nene Macdonald 5. Garry Lo 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Stanton Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Luke Page 11. Rhyse Martin 12. Rod Griffin 13. Paul Aiton 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Willie Minoga 16. James Segeyaro 17. Enock Maki 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Stargroth Amean 20. Wellington Albert 21. Moses Meninga

Coach: Michael Marum

The Kumuls have opted to carry four hookers in their 17-man squad with Hunters man Wartovo Puara Jr beating out NRL players Kurt Baptiste and James Segeyaro and Super League veteran Paul Aiton to start. David Mead will captain the side form fullback.


1. Elliot Kear 2. Rhys Williams 3. Michael Channing 4. Andrew Gay 5. Regan Grace 6. Courtney Davies 7. Matt Seamark 8. Craig Kopczak (c) 9. Steve Parry 10. Philip Joseph 11. Rhodri Lloyd 12. Ben Morris 13. Morgan Knowles 14. Matty Fozard 15. Sam Hopkins

16. Ben Evans 17. Chester Butler 18. Josh Ralph 19. Dalton Grant 20. Christiaan Roets 21. Matthew Barron

Coach: John Kear

St Helens flyer Regan Grace is the man to watch after a stellar debut season in Super League.

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PNG will boast a host of Hunters players. Source: News Corp Australia

New Zealand v Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 6.10pm (AEDT)


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Gerard Beale 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Martin Taupau 9. Thomas Leuluai 10. Adam Blair (c) 11. Kenny Bromwich 12. Joseph Tapine 13. Simon Mannering 14. Nelson Asofa Solomona 15. Russell Packer 16. Isaac Liu 17. Danny Levi 18. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 19. Peta Hiku 20. Te Maire Martin 21. Addin Fonua-Blake

Coach: David Kidwell

New Zealand have named four debutants, headlined by Melbourne giant Nelson Asofa- Solomona on the bench. Kodi Nikorima will partner Shaun Johnson in the halves while Thomas Leuluai will pack down at hooker. Adam Blair will captain the Kiwis for the first time.


1. Young Tonumaipea 2. Peter Mata’utia 3. Tim Lafai 4. Joey Leilua 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Joseph Paulo 7. Ben Roberts 8. Sam Lisone 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Junior Paulo 11. Josh Papalii 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Leeson Ah Mau 14. Pita Godinet 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Suaia Matagi 17. Bunty Afoa 18. Zane Musgrove 19. Ricky Leutele 20. Frank Winterstein 21. Fa’amanu Brown

Coach: Matt Parish

Veteran halfback Ben Roberts will partner surprise starter Joseph Paulo in the halves. The Samoans boast an excellent forward pack, led by Raiders duo Josh Papalii and Junior Paulo and have plenty of strike outwide in offloading centres Tim Lafai and Joey Leilua.

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Josh Papalii will play for Samoa. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

Fiji v USA at Townsville Stadium, Townsville, 8.40pm (AEDT)


1. Kevin Naiqama 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Taane Milne 4. Akuila Uate 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Jarryd Hayne 7. Henry Raiwalui 8. Ashton Sims 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Kane Evans 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Korbin Sims 13. Tui Kamikamica 14. Joe Lovouda 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Eloni Vunakece 17. Petero Benjamin Nakubuwai 18. Brayden Williame 19. James Storer 20. Junior Roqica 21. Pio Seci

Coach: Mick Potter

Jarryd Hayne is the star of the show for the Fijians, who will be aiming for their third semi-final berth in a row.


1. Corey Makelim 2. Ryan Burroughs 3. Junior Vaivai 4. Jonathan Alley 5. Bureta Faraimo 6. Kristian Freed 7. Matthew Walsh 8. Eddy Pettybourne 9. David Marando 10. Mark Offerdahl (c) 11. Danny Howard 12. Matt Shipway 13. Nicholas Newlin 14. Sam Tochterman-Talbott 15. Andrew Kneilsy 16. Steve Howard 17. Gabriel Farley 18. Charles Joseph Cortelano 19. Joe Eichner 20. David Ulch 21. Joshua Rice

Coach: Brian McDermott

Junior Vaivai, Bureta Faraimo and Eddy Pettybourne are the only Hawks players with World Cup experience.

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Jarryd Hayne will return for Fiji. Source: News Corp Australia

Sunday, October 29

Ireland v Italy at Barlow Park, Cairns, 3pm (AEDT)


1. Scott Grix 2. Shannon McDonnell 3. Ed Chamberlain 4. Michael Morgan 5. Liam Kay

6. Api Pewhairangi 7. Liam Finn (c) 8. Brad Singleton 9. Michael McIlorum 10. Kyle Amor

11. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 12. Oliver Roberts 13. George King 14. Tyrone McCarthy 15. James Hasson 16. Joe Philbin 17. Anthony Mullally 18. Joe Keyes 19. Will Hope 20. Jack Higginson 21. Matty Hadden

Coach: Mark Aston

Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum and St Helens forward Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook are the men to watch for the Wolfhounds.


1. James Tedesco 2. Mason Cerruto 3. Justin Castellaro 4. Nathan Milone 5. Josh Mantellato

6. Terry Campese 7. Jack Johns 8. Paul Vaughan 9. Ryan Ghietti 10. Daniel Alvaro 11. Joel Riethmuller 12. Mark Minichiello (c) 13. Nathan Brown 14. Colin Wilkie 15. Brendan Santi

16. Shannon Wakeman 17. Jayden Walker 18. Christophe Calegri 19. Christopher Centrone 20. Joe Tramontana 21. Gavin Hiscox

Coach: Cameron Ciraldo.

Roosters star James Tedesco starts at fullback while Nathan Brown and Paul Vaughan are the highlights of what has proven to be an excellent forward pack.

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Nathan Brown has been named for Italy. Source: Getty Images

France v Lebanon at Canberra Stadium, Canberra, 4pm (AEDT)


1. Mark Kheriallah 2. Fouad Yaha 3. Bastien Ader 4. Damien Cardace 5. Ilias Bergal 6. Theo Fages (c) 7. William Barthau 8. Antoni Maria 9. Eloi Pelissier 10. Julian Bousquet 11. Benjamin Garcia 12. Benjamin Jullien 13. Jason Baitieri 14. Clement Boyer 15. Nabil Djalout 16. Thibault Margalet 17. Lucas Albert 18. John Boudebza 19. Olivier Arnoud 20. Mickael Rouch 21. Romain Navarrete

Coach: Aurelien Cologni

Only one naturalized player will take the field for France, former Roosters utility Mark Kheirallah. Keep an eye on trick hooker Eloi Pelissier.


1. Anthony Layoun 2. Travis Robinson 3. James Elias 4. Jason Wehbe 5. Abbas Miski

6. Mitchell Moses 7. Robbie Farah 8. Timothy Mannah 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Alex Twal 11. Chris Saab 12. Ahmad Elliaz 13. Nick Kassis 14. Mitchell Mamary 15. Elias Sukkar 16. Jaleel Seve-Derbas 17. Andrew Kazzi 18. Adam Doueihi 19. Bilal Maarbani 20. Jamie Clark 21. Danny Barakat

Coach: Brad Fittler

The Cedars will lean heavily on their all-NRL front row of Michael Lichaa, Tim Mannah and Alex Twal.

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Lebanon's Robbie Farah and Michael Lichaa pose for photos at the League of Giants installation in Sydney. Source: AFP

Scotland v Tonga at Barlow Park, Cairns, 5.15pm (AEDT)


1. Lewis Tierney 2. Matthew Russell 3. Ben Hellewell 4. Lachlan Stein 5. Will Oakes

6. Danny Brough (c) 7. Danny Addy 8. Luke Douglas 9. Kane Bentley 10. Ben Kavanagh 11. Frankie Mariano 12. Dale Ferguson 13. James Bell 14. Callum Phillips 15. Andrew Bentley 16. Sam Brooks 17. Johnny Walker 18. Alex Walker 19. Jarred Anderson 20. Kieran Moran 21. Brandan Wilkinson

Coach: Steve McCormack

Scotland’s halves from their famous draw with New Zealand last year, Danny Addy and Danny Brough, return at the scrumbase. Addy is usually sighted in the backrow but has plenty of skills for a big man.


1. Will Hopoate 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Manu Vatuvei

6. Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Ata Hingano 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Siliva Havilli 10. Sio Siua Taukieaho

11. Manu Ma’u 12. Sika Manu (C) 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Sione Katoa 15. Sam Moa

16. Peni Terepo 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila 18. Joe Ofahengaue 19. Solomone Kata 20. David Fusitu’a 21. Samisoni Langi

Coach: Kristian Woolf

The Tongans have named an exceptionally strong squad, highlighted by the inclusions of Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita. Konrad Hurrell and Michael Jennings for a dynamic centre pairing while Tui Lolohea and Ata Hingano will steer the team around the park in the halves.

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Jason Taumalolo in his RLWC Tonga jersey. Source: News Corp Australia

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