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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has named six debutants for his side to face Scotland in Australia’s second group stage.
Panthers star Nathan Cleary (kangaroo number 841) alongside teammates Liam Martin (843) and Isaah Yeo (844) will wear the famous green and gold stripe for the first time.
Meanwhile, Matt Burton (840), Campbell Graham (842) and Lindsay Collins (845) will also make their debuts.
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Collins will come off the bench, while Burton has been chosen to play in crosses ahead of Graham who will sit outside Jack Wighton on the wing.
Cleary takes the place of Daly Cherry-Evans at halfback, while Martin and Yeo will take their places in the back row and at lock respectively.
Cherry-Evans remains on the side as the 18th man, while Cowboys young gun Jeremiah Nanai was named the 19th man.
Meninga explained that this clash will also serve as a selection trial, hoping to finalize his team beyond the group stage.
“It was ideal for the Grand Final players to rest up for in the opening match, and I can’t wait to see them play against Scotland,” Meninga said in a statement.
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“I was happy with our performance against Fiji, but I know we need to improve throughout the tournament. We have some new players this week as we continue to build combinations for the rest of the tournament.
Jack Wighton will also start this World Cup for the first time, while Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Patrick Carrigan forge a new partnership in the front row.
After Harry Grant’s masterclass against Fiji, he earned the starting spot, with Ben Hunt dropping to the bench.
Valentine Holmes and Jake Trbojevic will also be used as swap players for Scotland after starting the Kangaroos’ opener.
Kangaroos team v Scotland at Coventry Building Society Arena, Saturday at 5.30am AEDT
1. James Tedesco (c)
9. Josh Addo-Carr
12. Matt Burton*
10. Jack Wighton
19. Campbell Graham*
7. Cameron Munster
14. Nathan Cleary*
6. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
20. Harry Grant
13. Patrick Carrigan
17. Angus Crichton
21. Liam Martin*
24. Isaac Yeo* (VC)
3. Ben Hunt
15. Lindsay Collins*
4. Valentine Holmes
5. Jake Trbojevic
18th man – Daly Cherry-Evans (2)
19th Man – Jeremiah Nanai (22)
* Refers to the beginner of the Kangaroos