Four Nations

Four Nations future remains clouded

Australia were victorious in Sunday's Four Nations final, beating New Zealand 34-8 at Anfield, but the Rugby League International Federation's chief executive David Collier does not know if or when the tournament will be held again.

Four Nations: Australia hammer New Zealand 34-8 in final at Anfield

Mal Meninga's team went through the tournament unbeaten - and in wrestling the title from the Kiwis reclaimed the world number one ranking.

With a quarter of the match gone, tries from Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin plus a penalty from Johnathan Thurston gave the Kangaroos an unassailable 20-0 lead.

That was 24-0 by the break as the ruthless Australians added to their score when Dugan touched down a kick from Thurston.

Australia quick to dismiss form guide

The green and gold were commanding 36-18 winners over England last weekend, leaving them with three wins from three tournament pool matches, while the Kiwis limped through to the final with a win, a loss and a draw, the last of which saw them become the first first-tier nation to fail to beat a tier-two side.

But while most of the rugby league world don't give New Zealand any chance of claiming the title this Monday morning (AEDT), Smith said his previous experiences suggested that would mean nothing come kick-off.

Thaiday's Four Nations campaign looks done

Australia claimed the match 38-16 at the London Stadium, however Thaiday was forced from the field following a heavy collision with England forward James Graham. 

The pair clashed heads, with the Australian coming off second best, and was taken to hospital for scans on the injury. 

“Unfortunately it will probably put [Thaiday] out of the game next week,” Australian coach Mal Meninga said post-match. 

“I think it was accidental.” 

Kangaroos playmaker Cooper Cronk echoed those sentiments after the comprehensive victory. 

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Kangaroos team to face Scotland

Fullback Matt Moylan (Kangaroo No 812), centre Justin O'Neill (813), five-eighth James Maloney (811), lock Jake Trbojevic (814) and interchange player Jake Friend (815) will all play in the green and gold jersey for the first time.

Cooper Cronk will play his 30th Test match for Australia against the Bravehearts.

Kangaroos tune up for Scotland clash

Australia will play The Bravehearts in Hull to open the Four Nations in the first of six pool matches. The game will kick-off at 6.00am AEDT on Saturday, October 29 (5.00am in Queensland).

Kangaroos centre Josh Dugan said the squad had already started to acclimatise to the UK time zone and conditions.  

Meninga set to throw a cat amongst the pigeons

According to News Corp, Meninga is set to name Matt Moylan, Jake Trbojevic, Jake Friend, Justin O’Neill and James Maloney to make their international debuts against Scotland next weekend. 

The Aussie coach is keen to give his entire 24-man squad a run before the pointy end of the tournament, given the Kangaroos’ one-off Test against the Kiwis last weekend. 

Aaron Woods and Josh Mansour are also expected to take their places in the side following their respective weddings last weekend. 

Bennett names first England squad

Eight NRL players, including Sam Burgess, have been included but the former Kangaroos mentor has omitted some established names as he looks to guide his adopted nation to a first ever tournament success.

Morris's Four Nations hopes in Bulldogs' hands

Morris has been in scintillating form since returning from a long-term knee injury in Round 16, scoring nine tries in seven games including a double on Thursday night in a golden point win against Manly that shored up his team's top-four hopes.