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Australia Kangaroos Team Pick Who Plays Halfback Nathan Cleary Daley Cherry-Evans Harry Grant Ben Hunt


Australia’s first two pool games have given Kangaroos coach Mal Manning a chance to look at everyone and tweak his squad to find the best combinations.

But with just one to go and the final just around the corner, we’re likely to get a better idea of ​​what Manning’s first-choice 17 looks like when Australia take on Italy this Saturday night (5.30am Sunday AEDT).

Meningo said before the tournament that only captain and fullback James Tedesco was locked in – all other positions were up for grabs.

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Cameron Munster filled the five-eighth role in the first two games and whether he was rested this weekend or not, he will be there again in the final.

Ben Hunt and Harry Grant are two Meninge connection options. Both will be at 17, but who will start remains a mystery for now.

Then there are some players for outside defenders and forwards.

And Meninga is also spoiled by several versatile players who can play multiple positions. Raiders star Jack Wighton is one such player, and he recently opened up NRL.com that he is happy to be a utility.

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“I am not a position. I just play with my feet and I love it,” Whiten said.

“I don’t have a real signature position, I’m just a football player, so whatever the team needs, I’ll do.

“I don’t mind this useful role.

“It’s a different role that I play all year, so it’s a little bit of a refresher, and I’m always learning.”

While every player had the opportunity to audition for Meninga’s first-choice 17, it is worth noting that those who played in Australia’s second pool game were up against much weaker opposition in Scotland.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s vying for which position ahead of Australia’s final pool game and World Cup final.


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Josh Addo-Carr started — and excelled — in both games. The speedy winger was not selected for State of Origin this year, but he is certain to play in the World Cup final. Addo-Carr has amassed six tackles, an assist, seven line breaks, 13 tackles and 378 rushing meters in two games. He didn’t miss a beat either.

Murray Taulagy took the first shot from the other wing but wasn’t as damaging as Addo-Carr, finishing with 87 yards and a tackle.

Taulags were changed to Campbell Graham — special center — for the second game, which made his debut in “Kangaroo” memorable. Graham bagged a hat-trick, had six tackles, two linebreaks and ran for 144 meters in Australia’s demolition of Scotland.

There are also Valentine Holmes, who played center in the first game but returned to the bench in the second. Holmes has emerged as one of the best centers in the game this year, but has spent most of his career on the wing, including 11 caps for Australia.

Verdict: Josh Addo-Carr and Campbell Graham.


Latrell Mitchell joined Holmes at the heart of Australia’s first pool game, both contributed in different ways to a 42-8 win over Fiji. Mitchell kicked a try, made another try, had four tackles and ran for 63 meters and had five tackles without a miss. Holmes had 123 rushing yards, a sack and 10 tackles with four fumbles. He came off the bench to replace Tedesco at full-back in the second leg to allow the captain to enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Universal five-eighths Jack Wighton and Matt Burton hit the center for the second game – as they have done at various times for NSW this year – and split. Wighton, who played a bit off the bench in the first game, was instrumental in the center against Scotland, scoring a brace, setting up two more tries, making two tackles, making a break, two passes to a break, an offload and an 88m run. as well as making eight tackles without a miss. Burton scored, made a break, passed a break and ran for 104 meters. He also kept the ball in play on a great play to set up the last try of the game.

Verdict: Latrell Mitchell and Valentine Holmes. But Jack Wighton’s versatility is a good chance to earn him a spot on the bench.

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It was one of the biggest talking points in the run-up to and during the World Cup – Daley Cherry-Evans or Nathan Cleary? Meningo rested all players involved in the grand final for the first pool game, which meant Cherry-Evans got the first shot at the main playmaker. The veteran midfielder was instrumental in the win, scoring two tries and making 18 tackles without a miss. But Cleary fired it up when he made his Kangaroos debut at halfback in game two. The two-time premiership winner scored a try, made three more, had a line break, three assists, three clearances and an offload. Following that performance, former Kangaroo Damien Cook, who has been selected as a World Cup reserve player, told Fox League that Cleary and Munster were “going to the quarter-finals”.

Foxsports.com.au however, understands that both Cherry-Evans and Cleary will be participating in the final pool game. However, it is unclear whether both will play in the halves with Munster rested or whether one will start on the bench.

Verdict: Nathan Cleary.


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Meningo follows Queensland’s plan to deliver a one-two punch to prostitutes so we know both Ben Hunt and Harry Grant will be at 17. Hunt started the first game and was replaced by Grant six minutes before halftime. Hunt returned to the pitch around the 60th minute to play in the lock and the pair saw the game through. Grant’s spark from dummy half – a try, a try, a pass, two line breaks, five tackles and 56 meters – earned him the starting role in the second game over Hunt, who made just one run for one meter against Fiji. Things changed with Scotland, although Hunt came off the bench but this time played a more central role. He replaced Grant on dummy half seven minutes before half-time before Grant returned around 60 minutes later and both finished the game on the pitch again. Hunt dominated with a try, two passes, three tackles, a line break, a line break pass and two offloads, while Grant finished with 46 metres, a try pass, a fumble recovery and also made 21 tackles with two fumbles . The player who emerges after the initial sting has been taken out of the game seems to be the one who finds more freedom to run amok.

Verdict: Ben Hunt starts, Harry Grant on the bench.

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Jake Trbaevich and Tino Faasuamaleui started in the first pool game with the universal Patrick Kerrigan and Reuben Cotter on the bench. Kerrigan was promoted to the starting pack for the second game and joined Reagan Campbell-Gillard in front, and Trbaevich remained on the bench together with the debutant Lindsay Collins. This will be one of the toughest choices Meninga will have to make, given that they all have quality. Trbajevic only ran for 55 meters in the first game, but made 27 tackles with one fumble. He was much more dominant in the second game with the ball in his hands, running for 103 meters and is expected to be included in the 17th. Kerrigan – also expected to be in the 17th – put in a mountain of work in both games, finishing with 126 metres, an interception and 19 tackles with zero misses in the first and 153 meters and 13 tackles with one miss in the second. Meningo is a big fan of Fa’asuamaleaui so it would be a surprise if he misses out and his performance against Fiji will serve him well. Campbell-Gillard also gave Manning something to think about, finishing with 138 meters and 13 tackles with one miss in the Scotland win. Cotter had limited time to bid for a spot on the final team, given that he suffered a concussion in the first game and was ruled out of the second game. Kotter is expected to get another chance in the upcoming match against Italy.

Verdict: Patrick Kerrigan and Tina Fa’asuamaleu start and Jake Trbojevic on the bench.

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Angus Crichton started in the second row in both games, but his place could be under pressure. The Roosters star, who recently re-signed for a further two years, scored against Fiji, had four tackles, three offloads, a line break and ran for 142 meters and made 26 tackles without a miss in a clinical 80-minute game. He also scored against Scotland but was a little quieter, running just 50 meters and making just seven tackles with two misses. Young gun Jeremiah Nanai was relatively busy in the other starting spot against Fiji, also scoring a try, making five tackles, a line break, two offloads and 70 meters making 27 tackles with two misses. After being rested in Penrith’s first game Liam Martin replaced Nanai and played 80 minutes against Scotland, finishing with 107 running metres, two tackles, a line break, an offload and 16 tackles with one miss. But then there’ Cameron Murray — one of the two vice-captains of the Australian national team — whose preferred position is full-back, but plays at point guard for New South Wales. Murray played a lock in the first game and then gave up the second. But given his leadership role, we expect him to be among the 17.

Verdict: Angus Crichton and Cameron Murray.


In one of the easiest picks Meningo has to make, Isaa Yoa fills the lock role. Yeo was rested in Australia’s first game but got a chance in the second. The 27-year-old scored well for the try, running 81 meters and making 15 tackles without a miss. He shares the vice-captaincy with Murray and it is almost certain that the finals will start at the castle. Other options Meninga can consider, of course Murrayalso how Patrick Kerrigan or Reuben Cotter.

Verdict: Isaiah Yo.


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