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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Predicted stunner in looming Kangaroos side


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Who would make the Kangaroos if they were picked right now, the day after the completion of State of Origin?

Wide World of Sports had a crack at selecting a Test team, which features 10 NSW players and seven Queenslanders after the Blues won a series that came down to the 80th minute of the decider.

There are two debutants, while two players missing from Origin III made the cut.

Latrell Mitchell was dumped by NSW after game one, mired in indifferent form that’s been linked to a manager split and contract speculation. But he’s an absolute superstar who will likely have until deep into the finals with the Roosters to revive his case for Test retention, having played two games for Australia last year.

Mitchell is our one exception in predicting the Kangaroos side as things stand right now. He has a way to go; Test coach Mal Meninga is a minimum-fuss operator and the Roosters ace has some big questions to ask of himself.

Yet both NSW and Queensland went makeshift with their centre pairings this series; Tom Trbojevic, Jack Wighton, Michael Morgan and Moses Mbye all played out of position on the edges. Mitchell will hopefully reignite his best form and may win a nod from Mal Meninga as a specialist centre; partnering fellow Blues freak Tom Trbojevic.

Kalyn Ponga missed out on Origin III with a calf injury, but the Queensland fullback remains on track for megastardom. Time to give him a Test debut, though it has to be on the bench with James Tedesco in world-beating form.

Blake Ferguson would resume a decorated Test career if picked, partnering Queensland star Dane Gagai on the wings. The Maroons halves seem a lock, unless Mitchell Pearce’s superb form at Newcastle eventually overwhelms the claims of Daly Cherry-Evans to earn the Knights halfback a debut.

The X-factor is Roosters grand final hero Luke Keary, now back from concussion. He's clearly representative material if healthy.

The pack is fairly self-explanatory. Tyson Frizell has shown that he’s not a stats monster in Origin, barely making a run in Origin III, but he made 45 tackles, is quick and versatile, and never puts a foot wrong.

Cameron Murray may have done enough to snatch a debut off the bench. The diminutive Rabbitohs lock was a genuine handful off the bench for NSW.

Love him or hate him, Josh McGuire is a serious footballer. He and Felise Kaufusi, the opening try-scorer for Queensland in Origin III, did enough to earn another chance for Australia.

Queensland rookie Ethan Lowe deserves a shout-out. Having been a surprise Maroons selection, he was probably the best forward on the field in Origin III; showing he is a rep-calibre player after a couple of so-so seasons in the NRL.

The Kangaroos will play New Zealand and Tonga in their pool of the Oceania Cup in October/November.

PREDICTED KANGAROOS TEAM, POST-ORIGIN

1.      James Tedesco

2.      Blake Ferguson

3.      Latrell Mitchell

4.      Tom Trbojevic

5.      Dane Gagai

6.      Cameron Munster

7.      Daly Cherry-Evans

8.      David Klemmer

9.      Damien Cook

10.   Josh Papaali

11.   Boyd Cordner ©

12.   Tyson Frizell

13.   Jake Trbojevic

14.   Kalyn Ponga

15.   Josh McGuire

16.   Cameron Murray

17.   Felise Kaufusi

Who would make the Kangaroos if they were picked right now, the day after the completion of State of Origin?

Wide World of Sports had a crack at selecting a Test team, which features 10 NSW players and seven Queenslanders after the Blues won a series that came down to the 80th minute of the decider.

There are two debutants, while two players missing from Origin III made the cut.

Latrell Mitchell was dumped by NSW after game one, mired in indifferent form that’s been linked to a manager split and contract speculation. But he’s an absolute superstar who will likely have until deep into the finals with the Roosters to revive his case for Test retention, having played two games for Australia last year.

Mitchell is our one exception in predicting the Kangaroos side as things stand right now. He has a way to go; Test coach Mal Meninga is a minimum-fuss operator and the Roosters ace has some big questions to ask of himself.

Yet both NSW and Queensland went makeshift with their centre pairings this series; Tom Trbojevic, Jack Wighton, Michael Morgan and Moses Mbye all played out of position on the edges. Mitchell will hopefully reignite his best form and may win a nod from Mal Meninga as a specialist centre; partnering fellow Blues freak Tom Trbojevic.

Kalyn Ponga missed out on Origin III with a calf injury, but the Queensland fullback remains on track for megastardom. Time to give him a Test debut, though it has to be on the bench with James Tedesco in world-beating form.

Blake Ferguson would resume a decorated Test career if picked, partnering Queensland star Dane Gagai on the wings. The Maroons halves seem a lock, unless Mitchell Pearce’s superb form at Newcastle eventually overwhelms the claims of Daly Cherry-Evans to earn the Knights halfback a debut.

The X-factor is Roosters grand final hero Luke Keary, now back from concussion. He's clearly representative material if healthy.

The pack is fairly self-explanatory. Tyson Frizell has shown that he’s not a stats monster in Origin, barely making a run in Origin III, but he made 45 tackles, is quick and versatile, and never puts a foot wrong.

Cameron Murray may have done enough to snatch a debut off the bench. The diminutive Rabbitohs lock was a genuine handful off the bench for NSW.

Love him or hate him, Josh McGuire is a serious footballer. He and Felise Kaufusi, the opening try-scorer for Queensland in Origin III, did enough to earn another chance for Australia.

Queensland rookie Ethan Lowe deserves a shout-out. Having been a surprise Maroons selection, he was probably the best forward on the field in Origin III; showing he is a rep-calibre player after a couple of so-so seasons in the NRL.

The Kangaroos will play New Zealand and Tonga in their pool of the Oceania Cup in October/November.

PREDICTED KANGAROOS TEAM, POST-ORIGIN

1.      James Tedesco

2.      Blake Ferguson

3.      Latrell Mitchell

4.      Tom Trbojevic

5.      Dane Gagai

6.      Cameron Munster

7.      Daly Cherry-Evans

8.      David Klemmer

9.      Damien Cook

10.   Josh Papaali

11.   Boyd Cordner ©

12.   Tyson Frizell

13.   Jake Trbojevic

14.   Kalyn Ponga

15.   Josh McGuire

16.   Cameron Murray

17.   Felise Kaufusi

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