KIAMA junior Brett Morris has fended off the challenge from NSW teammate Jarryd Hayne to be named on the wing for Australia's World Cup opener against England on Sunday.
Morris was in a three-way battle with Hayne and 2010 Dragons premiership teammate Darius Boyd for the two Kangaroos wing positions.
However, twin brother Josh missed out on a centre position to Brent Tate.
Cronulla forward Andrew Fifita says making his debut for Australia at the rugby league World Cup feels like a fitting reward for his stellar NRL season.Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has announced his team for the tournament-opening clash with England in Cardiff on Saturday, with Fifita named on an extended bench and set to earn his first international cap.
Sheens’ team features a couple of minor surprises with St George Illawarra’s Brett Morris named on the wing ahead of Jarryd Hayne, who is on the six-man bench.
Veteran Brent Tate caps a remarkable comeback from countless injuries after beating out Michael Jennings and Josh Morris to line up in the centres alongside Greg Inglis.
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA (12.30am)
Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
Australian team: Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Brent Tate, Greg Inglis, Darius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), James Tamou, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen (vc). Interchange: Robbie Farah, Andrew Fifita, Luke Lewis, Corey Parker, Jarryd Hayne, Nate Myles. (two to be omitted)
TV: Live on 7mate