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Australia vs Scotland Four Nations Preview and Team News - Kangaroos begin Four Nations title quest

Andrew Hendrie 26 Oct 2016
  • Australia take on Scotland in the opening game of the 2016 Four Nations on Friday
  • Five debutants named for Kangaroos
  • Scotland have multiple NRL players in their squad
Australia face Scotland on Friday in Hull

Australia square off against Scotland in the opening game of the 2016 Four Nations tournament on Friday in Hull.

Australia come into this clash on the back two Test victories over New Zealand this year, while Scotland qualified for their first ever Four Nations by winning the 2014 European Cup.

The game will be played at the Kingston Communications Stadium in Hull with kick off scheduled for 8.00pm local time on Friday (6.00am AEDT, Saturday). It will be broadcast live on Channel 9 in Australia.

Match Preview

Australia begin their Four Nations title quest in Hull on Friday against tournament debutants and minnows Scotland.

The Kangaroos haven’t won the Four Nations since 2011 and were stunned 22-18 in the most recent final in 2014 by New Zealand. However they have a fantastic record when the tournament is held in England, winning the competition the only two times it’s been staged there - in 2009 and 2011.

Mal Meninga has named a new-look side to the team that defeated New Zealand in Perth earlier this month, handing debuts to Matt Moylan, James Maloney, Jake Friend, Justin O’Neill and Jake Trbojevic.

Maloney will partner his NRL and Origin rival Cooper Cronk in the halves, while Meninga has rested the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Darius Boyd, Matt Scott and Greg Inglis. Josh Mansour and Aaron Woods return to the team after missing the Perth Test due to their respective weddings.

Scotland are expected to be the also-rans of this year’s Four Nations, but they have assembled an underrated squad and they will be confident of being competitive in every game of the tournament.

Danny Brough is undoubtedly the star man in the Scottish squad. Brough led the Bravehearts at the 2008 and 2013 World Cups and is a former Man of Steel in the Super League - the equivalent of the Dally M in the NRL.

Add in the likes of NRL players Lachlan Coote, Luke Douglas, Kane Linnett and Euan Aitken, along with Super League regulars Matty Russell, Ryan Brierly and Adam Walker, and Scotland are equipped with some firepower across the paddock.

Obviously you can’t go past Australia, especially with Cameron Smith still named to captain the side. However Scotland certainly have the ability to keep the scoreline closer than what most are expecting and avoid the blowout.




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