Australian coach Mal Meninga has named six debutants in shaking up his Kangaroos team for their second World Cup game.
The rugby league powerhouse easily accounted for Fiji 42-8 in the opening pool game, but the coach has made several changes ahead of Friday morning’s (AEDT) game against Scotland.
Penrith premiership stars Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo, and Liam Martin will all make their Kangaroos debuts, as will Matt Burton, Campbell Graham, and Lindsay Collins.
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Cleary comes in at halfback for his first international outing, replacing the more experienced Daly Cherry-Evans.
Burton lines up at centre, Yeo at lock, Martin in the backrow, Graham on a win, and Collins will start on the bench.
Meninga opted to rest most of the Panthers players given they only stopped celebrating their NRL grand final victory about a week and a half before the first World Cup game.
“It was ideal for the grand final players to have a rest in the opening game, and I’m looking forward to seeing them play against Scotland,” Meninga said.
“I was pleased with our performance against Fiji, but I know we need to improve throughout the tournament.
“We have new players this week, as we continue to build combinations for the remainder of the tournament.”
DCE gets first crack at Kangaroos’ halfback spot
Australia team vs Scotland (jersey numbers do not denote position): 1. James Tedesco (c) 9. Josh Addo-Carr 12. Matt Burton 10. Jack Wighton 19. Campbell Graham 7. Cameron Munster 14. Nathan Cleary 6. Reagan Campbell-Graham 20. Harry Grant 13. Patrick Carrigan 17. Angus Crichton 21. Liam Martin 24. Isaah Yeo (vc). Interchange: 3. Ben Hunt 15. Lindsay Collins 4. Valentine Holmes 5. Jake Trbojevic (18th man Daly Cherry-Evans)
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