Experience Over Youth For Mal Meninga And The Kangaroos

"The tried and true"

15 November 2017

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Kangaroos coach has decided to go with experience over youth for Australia's Quarter-Final showdown with Samoa on Friday.

"I'm happy with our squad… (they) have that edge in terms of experience" Meninga said.

"There's been a lot of pressure placed internally by the younger ones but I think at this stage I'll go with the tried and true, and go with the team that has the experience to get the job done." 

Although, Meninga did admit he is very impressed with the performances of the younger portion of his squad.

"Everyone has played well. Kaufusi has been really good in the last two games. Obviously Munster and Trbojevic have both done terrific jobs for us," he said.  

"Josh Mansour is another one, as well as Jimmy (Maloney).

"I love Jimmy but I just don't think he had enough match fitness. He'd only played one game over a fair period of time." 

Australian team to face Samoa

1 Billy Slater, 2 Dane Gagai, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Josh Dugan, 5 Valentine Holmes, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Cameron Smith, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Boyd Cordner, 12 Michael Gillett, 13 Josh McGuire BENCH: 14 Wade Graham, 15 Jordan McLean, 16 Reagan Cambell-Gillard, 17 Tyson Frizell

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