Posted: 20 November, 2016
Meninga Has Officially Named His Lineup For The Four Nations Final
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Mal Meninga has confirmed his team to take on the New Zealand Kiwis in tomorrow morning's Four Nations final (1.30am AEDT). Check out the team list below.
1. Darius Boyd
2. Blake Ferguson
3. Greg Inglis
4. Josh Dugan
5. Valentine Holmes
6. Johnathan Thurston
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Matt Scott
9. Cameron Smith (c)
10. Aaron Woods
11. Boyd Cordner
12. Matt Gillett
13. Trent Merrin
14. Michael Morgan
15. David Klemmer
16. Tyson Frizell
17. Shannon Boyd
Earlier on Triple M
Final between Australia and New Zealand will be shown live on Channel 9 in Brisbane and Sydney.
Those watching the footy in other states can see in on Gem.
Earlier, Australia fullback Darius Boyd is hopeful the small in-goal areas on the Anfield pitch won't present too many safety concerns for players in the Four Nations final.
The iconic home stadium of Liverpool FC will be used for the first time for a major rugby league international.
With the stands so close to the playing surface, the pitch has been modified to just 91 metres - nine shorter than what's stipulated in the international rulebook.
Extra padding has been placed behind the in-goals with the digital advertising hoardings that usually run around the perimeter of the pitch also being removed for this game.
Luke Lewis and Brett Morris were injured in two separate incidents during the 2013 Rugby League World after crashing into fencing behind the in-goal areas.
Lewis dislocated his shoulder when sliding for an attempted try on a rain-soaked surface at St. Helens and Morris was badly winded in a similar situation after sliding down a slope that runs off behind the goal at Manchester United's Old Trafford.
Boyd admitted there were some concerns by the players but said Mal Meninga and his backroom team have assured the squad everything has been done to improve safety.
"Mal's been pretty good with preparing us," Boyd said.
"He measured out the pitch at Coventry and it was a bit shorter and you could tell in London that the distance between the 30 and the 40 metre line was about seven metres.
"It's a bit worrying but at the end of the day it's pretty special to play at a ground like Anfield where there hasn't been much rugby league played before."
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