Penrith Panthers fullback Matt Moylan has been added to the Kangaroos squad.
Following the shock defection of Jarryd Hayne to the NFL, Moylan, who initially missed out on a Kangaroos jumper, has been called into the national squad as a replacement.
Moylan had a stellar game for the Prime Minister’s XIII in Papua New Guinea on Sunday and was a certainty to steal a Kangaroos jumper once a door opened, and it has thanks to the withdrawal of Hayne from the Four Nations.
The Panthers fullback experienced a wonderful NRL season. He had 18 try assists and as one of the fastest players in the game he produced 14 line breaks and scored nine tries. He has also been a match-winner on a number of occasions for the Panthers throughout 2014.
National coach Tim Sheens was confident Moylan could fill the huge boots left by Hayne.
“We needed to cover fullback following Jarryd’s withdrawal and Matt has been one of the stand-out fullbacks during the NRL season. Matt impressed me in PNG with the Prime Minister’s XIII and I’m looking forward to working with him in the Four Nations squad,” he said.
Greg Inglis will most likely start as fullback for the Tests against New Zealand and England, while Moylan will be a strong chance to debut against Samoa.
The Kangaroos have had a selection crisis with key players pulling out due to injury or other reason, and fans will have to wait until the Four Nations kick off at Suncorp to see how they cope. – David Telefoni
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