“It’s not going to be so much left and right divided that way.”
For Cleary, this is the best organizer of the game and a midfielder in consecutive Penrith premiershipstaking a back seat is the foreign football concept.
Cherry-Evans has played useful roles from the bench earlier in his representative career for Australia and Queensland, and at five-eighth for Cooper Cronk during the 2014 Four Nations – a campaign that ended in a shock final defeat to New Zealand.
Asked how the two natural-born game managers will avoid overcalling each other, Cleary admitted it remains an unknown in the Australian camp.
“That’s a question that will have to be answered on game day,” he said.
“I thought we trained well and the important thing is that we trained well together and got the confidence that we can do it together with each other.
Weekend timetable (all times AEDT)
- Saturday: New Zealand v Ireland (5.30am)
- Sunday: England v Greece (12.30am), Fiji v Scotland (3am), Australia v Italy (5.30am), Lebanon v Jamaica (11pm)
- Monday: Tonga v Cook Islands (1.30am)
“We are in no way trying to outdo each other or anything like that. We want to combine well and do what is best for the jersey.
“I think that’s the beauty of this team so far.
“There are no individuals or egos trying to look better.
“It’s about making the team look better.”
Meningo is set to name his squad for Australia’s pool final later on Thursday (AEDT) as he had long planned to give all 24 members of the squad two games to push for their selection in the sudden-death World Cup.
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