Sheens expecting to make tough call

Bet on the Four NationsAustralia (1/5 favs Tournament Outright) coach Tim Sheens has admitted he has some tough decisions to make when he names his Four Nations squad on Monday.

The Kangaroos will take on Samoa, New Zealand and England (10/1 to win the Four Nations) in the tournament which gets underway later this month.

Sheens’ squad is currently marred by injuries with a host of first-team players unavailable. Earlier this week Johnathan Thurston became the latest player to drop out and he joins Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Matt Scott, Nate Myles, Paul Gallen and James Tamou on the list of those who will be missing.

Justin Hodges, Josh Dugan, Trent Merrin, Will Hopoate and Andrew Fifita all withdrew after being named in Australia’s initial squad but Sheens will have been pleased with the form of Aaron Woods.

The Wests Tigers prop could now lead the Aussie pack after starring in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII 36-16 win over Papua New Guinea on Sunday.

He scored two tries either side of half-time and he impressed as well as Matt Moylan, Josh Masour and Sione Mata’Utia.

Speaking about his squad, Sheens admitted it will be a tough call to make but he was impressed by Mata’Utia.

“We have to make some decisions on Monday,” Sheens said. “He’s a chance. He is still raw but very impressive.”

Sheens will name his final squad ahead of their first game of the tournament against rivals New Zealand in Brisbane on October 25.

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