Mansour prepared to skip game

07 October 2017 20:08:06 GMTPlus11
Darius Boyd misses the World Cup due to injury.

Injury replacement player Josh Mansour may be forced to miss a Rugby League World Cup game for Australia.

Mansour has been called up by coach Mal Meninga to replace Darius Boyd in the tournament.

It caps an incredible 12-month journey for the Penrith winger, who tore his ACL while playing in the Four Nations for the Kangaroos less than a year ago.

The 27-year-old missed out when the original squad was named on Tuesday, but that at least appeared to leave him free to concentrate on the upcoming birth of his child.

Mansour said he and his wife were both very happy at his selection by the Kangaroos, adding: "Obviously we're trying to plan what's going to happen around the birth in four weeks' time. These opportunities don't come around very often so I'm very happy to be back."

Australia will open the World Cup against England on 27th October and then play France in Canberra on 3rd November. Depending on when his wife goes into labour, Mansour says he would be willing to miss either game.

The powerhouse winger has come back into representative rugby after recovering from a devastating knee injury.

He scored two tries in the Kangaroos' opening Four Nations win over Scotland, last year but was then struck down in a skills game at the end of a training session, ruling him out of the tournament.

Mansour is now fully fit and ready to make the most of this golden chance when Australia co-host the tournament, although he knows nothing is guaranteed with plenty of competition for the two wing spots.

Talking of his return to action, the Penrith star said: "The first couple of games when I was playing, it did play on my mind, but we have a great medical team that have really helped me along the way. Everyone supported me to get back on my feet and I'm really confident in myself and I've got no worries at all."

Australia areĀ 3/20 to win their opening game against England, who are 5/1.

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