O'Neill to make Australia debut

by NRL Media and QRL Media

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has named five debutants – including Queensland Maroon Justin O’Neill – for the opening Four Nations match against Scotland, at Hull's KC Lightstream Stadium on Friday (UK time).

Centre O'Neill (813), five-eighth James Maloney (811), lock Jake Trbojevic (814), fullback Matt Moylan (Kangaroo No 812) and interchange player Jake Friend (815), who has been part of Queensland’s Emerging Origin program in past years, will all play in the green and gold jersey for the first time.

Cooper Cronk will play his 30th Test match for Australia against the Bravehearts.

“I always planned to ensure the entire 24-man squad has played across the Perth Test and the Four Nations match against Scotland and that will set us up nicely for the rest of the tournament,” Meninga said.

“I do have an idea of what my best possible squad would be, but all players know they can break into the top team with a strong performance.”

Kangaroos squad to face Scotland

1

Matt Moylan

812*

2

Josh Mansour

790

3

Justin O'Neill

813*

4

Josh Dugan

801

5

Blake Ferguson

804

6

James Maloney

811*

7

Cooper Cronk

744

8

Aaron Woods

793

9

Cameron Smith (c)

738

10

David Klemmer

797

11

Sam Thaiday

739

12

Tyson Frizell

810

13

Jake Trbojevic

814*

14

Jake Friend

815*

15

Shannon Boyd

808

16

Trent Merrin

803

17

Michael Morgan

807

18

Valentine Holmes

809

19

Boyd Cordner

787

* Denotes debutant