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ROCHDALE — Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga is well aware of the threat posed by Samoa full-back Joseph Suaalii and has devised a plan to counter it.
Suaalii may have played for Australia in this tournament, but instead chose to represent his Samoan heritage and impressed in blue as the tournament went on.
“He is (a weapon) but so is James Tedesco and we will come up with a plan to cancel him,” Meninga told reporters.
“We know he’s going to return the ball hard and we have to manage it. This is rugby league, confrontation, and we will find the right answers.
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“He’s a great player and he’s only 19. He’s got the skills and he’s going to have a huge career. We’ll do our homework on the Samoans and we’ll try to weed out threats and weaknesses, but as we we proved that against New Zealand, it’s not pretty sometimes.
Meninga said he was happy that Suaalii made an early appeal on his eligibility and opted to go for his legacy.
“I’m pretty happy he made that choice,” Mal said. “That’s why I pushed from the middle of the year (on clearer eligibility), I want players to play with passion. Obviously he wants to play for Samoa because he has a passion for it. .
“We are no less passionate than any other team. It’s been great for the game for players to play for their ancestral nations. And that proves a point, they are in the final.
The Kangaroos will deploy the same 17-man roster for the Finals with Daly Cherry-Evans and Reuben Cotter again the standby players on the 19-man squad.
“I’m very pleased with the attitude and performance of the 24 players throughout the World Cup, but keeping the same squad for the final is a bonus,” Meninga said.
“We are all very aware that our goal has not yet been achieved and fully realize that we are on the verge of doing something that very few players have had the opportunity to do.”
9. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
13. Pat Carrigan
2. Daly Cherry-Evans
14. Nathan Cleary
16. Ruben Cotter
17. Angus Crichton
18. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
20. Harry Grant
4. Valentine Holmes
3. Ben Hunt
21. Liam Martin
8. Latrell Mitchell
7. Cameron Munster
11. Cameron Murray (vc)
1. James Tedesco (c)
5. Jake Trbojevic
10. Jack Wighton
24. Isaah Yeo (vc)
IRL washes its hands of Radley investigation
The investigation into Victor Radley’s alleged fight with Irish player James Bentley has been dropped as British authorities cleared their hands of it.
Although the NRL’s Integrity Unit has attempted to investigate, tournament organizers say that as the incident happened more than 24 hours after the last game it is beyond their jurisdiction.
Radley reportedly headbutted Bentley in the England team hotel as the team drowned their sorrows on Sunday evening (UK time).
Bentley, who did not play for England and instead represented his Irish heritage, was with club teammates at the hotel and had a run-in with England manager Shaun Wane, with Radley jumping to his defence.
IRL President Troy Grant addressed the Sydney Morning Herald on the status of the investigation. “The facts that I am aware of are that an invitation was extended to the Irish player who came to the English camp and team environment,” he said.
” Something happened. All players will have the opportunity to present their case, tell their stories to the relevant authorities they report to. The NRL regarding Victor will make a decision.
Ireland RL is unlikely to investigate Bentley as their tournament took place over two weeks ago and therefore their player was acting well beyond their jurisdiction.
Klein controls the final
Ashley Klein is set to cap off a dream season refereeing the men’s World Cup final after being named to the role today. He completes a package that includes the NRL Grand Final and all three State of Origin games and cements his place as the best referee in the world.
Jack Smith and Warren Turley will serve as his assistants, with Super League referee Chris Kendall in the role of video referee and Gerard Sutton as backup.
Belinda Sharpe will be in charge of the women’s final between the Jillaroos and the Kiwi Ferns, with Wyatt Raymond and Darian Furner on the lines. Kasey Badger is reserve and Adam Gee will be in the video referee chair.