Wallabies out for lang park repeat, but only once
Ben Smith Source: News Corp Australia
The Kangaroos have returned to the same camp three months after starting from scratch, as they face the Lions at Lang Park in Townsville on Saturday night (AEDT).
Luke Smith and Brett Morris are likely to start their debut Tests on the wing in the first Test at the SCG on December 8.
New South Wales team media pack training image. (AAP)
But in a statement, assistant coach and Head Coach, Justin Leppitsch, confirmed on Wednesday night that only one member of the main 2016 Australian XV will play as halfback in this game.
“Luke Smith has had an issue with his ankle and is not expected to play,” Leppitsch said.
“If he doesn’t show up for this match, then we will be asking Brett Morris to take the role of h충주출장마사지alfback.
“Brett is a very talented young player and we are expecting him to help our side.”
It is understood Smith and Morris are expected to both play on the wing.
While the Lions have had their forwards drop due to 김해안마injury, Smith said he still believes it is a possibility Morris is the better player.
“He’s got more touches. I can certainly see him playing in the halves,” he said.
“He’s a bit more athletic than me and also he’s got a better passing game.”
“I thou공주출장샵ght [the Lions] gave me a real good run on my fitness over the weekend, both during training this week and in pre-season, and I feel that if I play well against them, we should get an opportunity for a first Test of my new franchise with the national team.”
AFL.com.au understands Morris is a highly-praised player, having been voted the 2015 New South Wales State of Origin squad, while Smith has been heavily linked with making the Lions’ senior debut.
The injury woes of the Lions this season has put a spotlight on the young halfback and with an opportunity to impress for the first time, Morris and Smith could find themselves playing opposite each other early in the tournament.
media_camera Harrison Reed is keen on playing fullback next to Luke Smith.
The full-back says he would “absolutely” play in the team.
“I am really confident, you know, coming into this group and just looking at the way I’ve progressed, the way