Roos duo in as cover for Test

The Western Star - - Sport -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Clint Guther­son and Vic­tor Radley have been rushed into the Kan­ga­roos squad as coach Mal Meninga plans to hand Cameron Mur­ray his first Test jer­sey.

Meninga has added Guther­son and Radley (pic­tured) to the Aus­tralian team to tour New Zealand ahead of their clash with Tonga on Sat­ur­day, tak­ing their squad to 20.

While nei­ther are ex­pected to be named in Aus­tralia’s 17man team for the Test, they are there to act as cover should any train­ing mishaps hap­pen dur­ing the week.

Radley’s el­e­va­tion comes after win­ning man-of-the­match hon­ours in the Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos’ 62-4 de­mo­li­tion of France last Fri­day and Guther­son was part of Aus­tralia’s suc­cess­ful World Cup Nines team.

“It’s more about get­ting those guys ex­pe­ri­ence,” Meninga said. “Gutho (Guther­son) can play any­where in the back­line so we have that cov­ered if we lost one dur­ing the week. The same goes with Vic­tor and the for­wards.”

Their cover comes after the Kan­ga­roos did not re­place Luke Keary, who was ruled out of the orig­i­nal squad with an an­kle in­jury.

Boom Bron­cos back-rower David Fi­fita was ex­pected to be added but was un­avail­able after a stray boot frac­tured his eye socket dur­ing the Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos win against France.

While it will take an in­jury for Guther­son or Radley to force their way into the Test team, Meninga is keen to give South Syd­ney lock Cam Mur­ray his Test de­but.

Mur­ray was 18th man for Aus­tralia on Fri­day night but Meninga wants to give him his start against Tonga.

“He will be on the bench,” Meninga said. “It’s just what we do around it.”

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