Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sheens Has Faith in Depleted Kangaroos

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sheens Has Faith in Depleted Kangaroos

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IT'S been smooth sailing so far, and Australia coach Tim Sheens is confident the versatility of his depleted squad will help keep the Kangaroos on course for Four Nations glory.

The Kangaroos have been relatively untroubled in securing a berth in the final ahead of the last preliminary game against Wales on Sunday, but player unavailability has left Sheens facing a few selection headaches.

Those conundrums intensified overnight after it was revealed back-up hooker Robbie Farah had became the latest player to be ruled out for the tournament. The Wests Tigers hooker returned to Sydney upon learning his mother had been diagnosed with a serious illness.

The news came just 24 hours after Billy Slater's tour ended because of a broken collarbone sustained in Sunday's win over England at Wembley, while centre Willie Tonga's status is uncertain as he battles a hip complaint suffered in the tournament opener.

The squad's versatility was tested when Slater left the field after only 11 minutes in the win over England last Sunday, with lock Luke Lewis rolling back the years moving to the wing after Darius Boyd dropped to fullback. …

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