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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby League World Cup 2013: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens taking no risk with injured players for opener

Brad Walter Coach Tim Sheens says any Kangaroos player requiring a painkilling needle will be rested from the opening World Cup match against England on October 26.

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Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens on high alert for English revival

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his players have vowed not to underestimate England in Saturday's World Cup opener after the host nation's shock loss to Italy in a warm-up match at Salford City...

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Kangaroos told to be wary as Italy's job on England has them over the moon

Anthony Minichiello

Brad Walter Italy captain Anthony Minichiello has warned the Kangaroos to brace for England to bounce back in next weekend's World Cup opener after their shock 15-14 loss to the Azzurri in a warm-up match.

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World Cup: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens wary of slow start

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens has been worried about this weekend's opening World Cup game against England for 19 months.

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Kangaroos graze on hallowed turf of Harrow

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Billy Slater (R) and pupils from Harrow School sit on benches watching his team mates train as he receives treatment on his knee during the Australia Training Session at Harrow School on November 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Only the world's best or those who can afford the £60,000 ($103,000) annual school fees get to walk on Harrow's "hallowed turf" where the Kangaroos have been training for the weekend's World...

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Brent Tate may switch to forwards as Billy Slater is ruled out of Kangaroos' World Cup semi-final

Brent Tate

Brad Walter LONDON: Brent Tate told Australian coach Tim Sheens before the World Cup that he would be play in the front row if neccesary to gain selection and while he may not have to go to those lengths the...

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Josh Papalii in the mix to play for Kangaroos in World Cup semi-final

Canberra raiders player Josh Papalli.

Brad Walter Tim Sheens considers playing Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii at centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury.

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RLWC: Brent Tate in for Kangaroos as Sheens rings changes

Brent Tate

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is weighing up the possibility of Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii playing centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury to an outside back during Saturday's World Cup...

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Kangaroos on mission to upstage Invincibles' record in World Cup final

Paul Gallen.

Brad Walter Australian players have set themselves the goal in next weekend's World Cup final against New Zealand of becoming the first Kangaroos team to hold opposition sides tryless in five consecutive matches.

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Kangaroos veterans face last chance to add Rugby League World Cup win to their resume

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Cooper Cronk (L) and Brent Tate of Australia limbers up during the Australia Training Session at Sport City on November 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Corey Parker have won grand finals, State of Origins and Four Nations tournaments but unless the Kangaroos beat New...

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Rugby League World Cup Final 2013: Kangaroos favourites, but wary of Kiwi ambush

Stephen Kearney

Brad Walter Australian players are wary of another ambush from New Zealand in the World Cup final after losing to the Kiwis in the last two big deciders the countries have played.

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Rugby League World Cup: Brett Morris' pain the Kangaroos' gain

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Brett Morris of Australia slides off the field of play after scoring a try during the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter As Manchester United players arrived at Old Trafford after the Kangaroos' last training session before the World Cup final, Brett Morris recited the chant the famous club's fans perform for each of...

Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos crowned world champions

Cooper Cronk of Australia.

Brad Walter The Kangaroos delivered a rugby league master class to claim a 10th World Cup title with a 34-2 demolition of New Zealand in Saturday's final at Old Trafford.

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Rugby League World Cup: This Kangaroos performance one for the history books

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Brad Walter The Kangaroos laid the platform for an astonishing victory with the first set of six of the match.

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Josh Dugan eyes future Test selection at right centre

Future in the centres: St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes Josh Dugan is the best right centre in the game after making a successful switch from fullback that could eventually earn him an Australian Test...

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Commonwealth Games: PNG beat Australia to win inaugural rugby league title

Gold standard: The victorious Kumuls squad with their medals at Cumbernauld, near Glasgow.

Brad Walter Papua New Guinea has won the inaugural Commonwealth Rugby League Championship, defeating Australia 22-8 in the final of the Nines competition in Glasgow.

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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

Dropped: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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Reynolds-Mullen duel could decide NSW Origin five-eighth

Jarrod Mullen

Brad Walter Josh Reynolds and Jarrod Mullen will fight it out for the NSW No.6 jersey in Sunday’s City-Country clash at Dubbo, but there is a chance both could be in the Origin squad after Blues coach Laurie...

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Billy Slater will do almost anything to play Test football for Australia

Proud Australian: Billy Slater.

Brad Walter To understand how much Test football means to Billy Slater, you have to know that he spent a week in London before last year's World Cup semi-final and barely stepped outside the Australian team...

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Rugby league's female players in rugby union's sights

Two No.1's ... Billy Slater and Sam Hammond.

Brad Walter First it was Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Folau and Sam Burgess; now rugby league's female stars are under threat from rugby union.