Two changes to Kangaroos squad

05 October 2017 20:25:59 GMTPlus10
Darius Boyd, misses World Cup through injury

Australia have called Josh Mansour and Reagan Campbell-Gillard into their Rugby League World Cup squad.

The duo have been drafted in after Darius Boyd was ruled out through injury and Andrew Fifita opted to play for Tonga in the tournament.

I'm extremely excited about seeing Reagan in a Kangaroos jersey.

Mal Meninga

Penrith winger Mansour replaces Boyd in the Kangaroos squad after the Brisbane Broncos captain was forced to pull out due to a hamstring problem.

Coach Mal Meninga said it was disappointing news for Boyd, but added: "It will be wonderful to see Josh back in the Kangaroos jersey after his injury in last year's Four Nations. I know how disappointed he was to be injured last year and I know how passionate he is about the green and gold."

Meninga summoned up Campbell-Gillard after Fifita informed him he'd decided to represent Tonga instead of the Kangaroos.

"Andrew called me and said he was passionate about playing for Tonga and I respect and support that decision," said the coach. "It is obviously a significant boost for Tonga as well as the World Cup - and international Rugby League in general.

"At the same time it is also a great opportunity for someone like Reagan, who has been outstanding for the Panthers. I'm extremely excited about seeing Reagan in a Kangaroos jersey."

Star Sharks forward Fifita was originally named in Meninga's squad, but told the coach of his decision on Thursday.

His defection and that of Sio Siua Taukeiaho and David Fusitu'a, who have both been capped by New Zealand, will boost the chances of Tonga making the tournament final.

All of their 24 players are either currently playing in the NRL or have previous NRL experience.

Tonga start their campaign against Scotland in Cairns on 29th October before travelling to Hamilton to face Samoa and New Zealand in successive weeks.

Australia will take on England in their opening Group A clash in Melbourne on 27th October, before facing France in Canberra and then Lebanon in Sydney.

The Kangaroos are 2.00 to win the Rugby League World Cup.

Australia are 1.001 to win Group A.

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