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The Kangaroos are preparing to face the unknown when they clash with Scotland for the first time in the opening game of the 2016 Four Nations tournament. 

Veteran halfback Cooper Cronk believes it is Australia's duty to help grow the game internationally and the Four Nations is a great launch pad to do just that.

"I think that is part of the mystique of the Four Nations having that fourth team involved," Cronk told

"As one of the leading nations - Australia, New Zealand and England - we have a responsibility to lift the profile of the rest of the nations who play rugby league, with a World Cup in 12 months' time. 

"As a member of the Australian team I support the inclusion of those second tier countries and hopefully that brings a new energy and level to the Rugby League World Cup. 

"Obviously they (Scotland) have the NRL influence with [Luke] Douglas from the Titans, [Euan] Aitken from the Dragons, [Lachlan] Coote and [Kane] Linnett from the Cowboys. And Danny Brough was one of the short listed players for the Man of Steel, so we've done our homework, there are a few players we wouldn't have come across face-to-face being in the Super League." 

While Cronk believes strongly in the Kangaroos' responsibility to lift the profile of the game, he isn't looking past the Scotland Test.

The importance of the game isn't lost on Cronk, especially when five players will make their debuts for the green and gold.

"There are a few fresh faces in the team, as a senior player hopefully I can play my role and I can contribute to those guys remembering their first game.

"Some guys like Cameron [Smith] have played 45-odd Tests, and these guys are making their debuts and have family flown halfway around the world to watch them play, you don't take that responsibility lightly.

"It's our job to make sure the team is in the right position, on the right track, doing the right things and let those guys shine."

Coverage of Australia V Scotland kicks off at 4.40am (QLD Time) on Ch9's GEM - Saturday October 29.

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