Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has kept faith in the team picked for Australia’s Rugby League World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand, sticking with the same line-up for the final against Samoa.
Meninga has not made any changes to his 19-man squad ahead of the title-deciding clash at Old Trafford on Sunday morning (AEDT), all but confirming the same 17 will take the field against Samoa.
“I am very happy with the attitude and performances of all 24 players throughout the World Cup, but keeping the same team for the final is a bonus,” Meninga said.
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“We all are very aware that our goal hasn’t been achieved yet and fully realize we are on the cusp of something very few players have had the opportunity to do.”
Kangaroos squad for final
Australia v Samoa at Old Trafford, 3am Sunday (AEDT)
9. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 13. Pat Carrigan 2. Daly Cherry-Evans 14. Nathan Cleary 16. Reuben Cotter 17. Angus Crichton 18. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 20. Harry Grant 4. Valentine Holmes 3. Ben Hunt 21. Liam Martin 8. Latrell Mitchell 7. Cameron Munster 11. Cameron Murray 1. James Tedesco 5. Jake Trbojevic 10. Jack Wighton 24. Isaah Yeo
Kangaroos team for semi-final
1. James Tedesco 4. Valentine Holmes 10. Jack Wighton 8. Latrell Mitchell. 9. Josh Addo-Carr 7. Cameron Munster 14. Nathan Cleary 5. Jake Trbojevic 3. Ben Hunt 6. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 17. Angus Crichton 21. Liam Martin 24. Isaah Yeo 20. Harry Grant 13. Patrick Carrigan 11. Cameron Murray 18. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 2. Daly Cherry-Evans
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