2022-06-29 01:46:00

Blues coach Brad Fittler believes the Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium will be a showcase for Kangaroos selections for this year’s World Cup.

Fittler, Maroons coach Billy Slater, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys make up the selection panel for the Australian side.

The October-November World Cup will be the first time the Kangaroos have played since 2019.

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“That’s why this game is so important,” Fittler told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I don’t think anyone has been as excited about a World Cup before as much as they have this year.

“That’s what puts even more on the line, there are some spots up for grabs.”

The Blues coach did concede that his captain James Tedesco and Maroons star Cameron Munster were the only safe bets for Kangaroos selection thus far.

“That’s across the board, there wouldn’t be too many there that have got guarantees at the moment,” Fittler said.

“Cam Munster may be one of them, ‘Teddy’ may be another.

“Other than that, everyone is fighting. That’s the dialogue, that’s the talk. That should be the talk.”

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The Kangaroos suffered a shock 16-12 loss to a stacked Tongan side in 2019 that boasted Will Hopoate, Daniel Tupo, Addin Fonua-Blake and Jason Taumalolo among others.

Any signs of an easy campaign for the Kangaroos were also shut down by the Kiwis’ dominant 26-6 performance over Tonga last Saturday.

With the likes of Jahrome Hughes, Brandon Smith, Joey Manu, Dylan Brown and Jesse Bromwich all lining up for their country, former Warriors coach Tony Kemp believes this is one of the the best Kiwis sides in the last 10 years.

“Some big names, I’ve had a look at this Kiwis side mate,” Kemp told SENZ Breakfast.

“It’s the best Kiwis side we’ve picked in a decade.”

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