Meninga sticks with same 17 for WCup semi

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has stuck with the same 17 players for Friday’s Rugby League World Cup semi-final against Fiji in Brisbane.

A win for the Kangaroos will put them through to a final at Suncorp Stadium against England or Tonga, who play on Saturday in the other final-four clash.

Meninga said the team who beat Samoa in the Darwin quarter-final deserved selection.

“We are getting continuity with the team and, considering the result against Samoa, the same team should be rewarded,” Meninga said.

“This is a semi-final and we know it will be an incredibly tough test for us.

“Fiji have been outstanding throughout the tournament and we will have to make sure our preparation is excellent.”

In a change from their regular routine, the squad wore their local junior jerseys during the main training session of the week on Tuesday at Langlands Park.

Kangaroos: Billy Slater, Dane Gagai, Will Chambers, Josh Dugan, Valentine Holmes, Michael Morgan, Cooper Cronk, Aaron Woods, Cameron Smith (capt), David Klemmer, Boyd Cordner, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire. Res: Wade Graham, Jordan McLean, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tyson Frizell.

Extended bench: Antonio Kaufusi, Tom Trbojevic, Josh Mansour, James Maloney.

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