Time for new era, says Mal

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MAL Meninga, lead­ing a re­vamped Aus­tralian side, is adamant his team needs to look for­ward and not back.

The Aus­tralian side will run on to Mt Smart Sta­dium for the first time in 12 years with­out Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.

In­stead it will be first gamers James Tedesco, La­trell Mitchell, Luke Keary and Damien Cook lin­ing up for a vastly dif­fer­ent Aus­tralian side.

“We don’t talk about the dawn of an new era, lost play­ers that might’ve been in this footy team,” Meninga said. “It’s about be­ing Kan­ga­roos.

“The ex­pec­ta­tions are the same. It’s not (dif­fer­ent) be­cause we’ve lost play­ers. New play­ers are step­ping up with the same ex­pec­ta­tions on putting the green and gold jersey on that has been for the last 110 years of our his­tory.”

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