Meninga: Kangaroos key positions up for grabs in Origin

The Kangaroos will have four new players in the key spine positions in their end-of-season Test and coach Mal Meninga has declared the race for several positions in the Kangaroos line-up is wide open.

Meninga said performances in the Holden State of Origin series would have a major effect on the chances of many candidates looking for a Test call-up at season’s end.

The representative retirements of Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith leave Meninga with the challenge of taking the Kangaroos into a new era with rival nations England and Tonga on the rise.

The fourth member of Australia’s spine in the World Cup final win over England in December – five-eighth Michael Morgan – will also be unavailable for the Test against New Zealand in October after suffering a season-ending pectoral tear.

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