Australia name five debutants in team for Scotland clash

Australia coach Mal Meninga has named five debutants for the opening Four Nations match against Scotland, at the Lightstream Stadium in Hull on Friday.

Fullback Matt Moylan, centre Justin O’Neill, stand-off James Maloney, lock Jake Trbojevic and interchange player Jake Friend 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,” Mal 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 play Scotland 
1 Matt Moylan
2 Josh Mansour
3 Justin O’Neill
4 Josh Dugan
5 Blake Ferguson
6 James Maloney
7 Cooper Cronk
8 Aaron Woods
9 Cameron Smith (c)
10 David Klemmer
11 Sam Thaiday
12 Tyson Frizell
13 Jake Trbojevic
14 Jake Friend
15 Shannon Boyd
16 Trent Merrin
17 Michael Morgan
18 Valentine Holmes
19 Boyd Cordner