Meninga tells Kangaroos to concentrate on the future
MAL Meninga may be leading a revamped Australian side for the first time but he is adamant his team need to look forward and not back.
The Australian side will run out on to Mt Smart Stadium for the first time in 12 years without either Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk or Billy Slater in their line- up.
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.
“We want to play really well. ( The rookies) are all great and quality individuals. They understand the importance of putting on the jersey and want to do it proud.
“We have a set of values we believe are really important to us as Kangaroos.”
Meninga, who is looking to extend his unbeaten streak as coach to 14, will coach his first game on New Zealand soil.