Morgan pips Munster and Maloney
AUSTRALIAN coach Mal Meninga has kept the faith with what he believes are his “tried and true” performers but has not ruled out making changes later in the tournament.
Meninga has named what he believes is his strongest side for the Kangaroos quarter-finals match against Samoa in Darwin on Friday night.
Michael Morgan has won the race for the five-eighth spot after being picked ahead of James Maloney and Cameron Munster to partner Cooper Cronk with Meninga picking 16 players who featured in the opening match of the World Cup against England with only the injured Jake Trbojevic missing out.
“I love Jimmy,” Meninga said of Maloney. “He is at tremendous player. He probably didn’t have enough match fitness. Michael is the incumbent. He deserves his opportunity.
“Morgan has been really good. It’s funny how people can come out of the shadows when given the opportunity.
“He is vocal on the field. You don’t have to be vocal off the field to play his part.”
Josh McGuire will start at lock and Reagan CampbellGillard has been named on the bench, while Wade Graham pipped Munster for the interchange utility role.