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Farah claws way on to Aussie bench for World Cup opener

TIGERS hooker Robbie Farah has pipped Manly's Clive Churchill Medal winner Daly Cherry-Evans for a bench spot for tomorrow night's World Cup opener against England.

Starting hooker and skipper Cameron Smith is still expected to play the full 80 minutes and will move to lock when Farah comes on at dummy-half.

"I like the idea of Farah's dummy-half running against the English forwards, especially when they get tired," Sheens told NRL.com.

Sheens added Farah (pictured) could act as a back-up for halfback Cooper Cronk.

Sheens is confident he will have the adequate depth if there is an injury to a key player. "Our outside backs will be covered by (Luke) Lewis - he can play second row, centre, wing," he said.

"He played wing for us two years ago in a Test match at Wembley when Billy (Slater) got hurt.

Andrew Fifita will make his debut off the bench.

Team:

  • Billy Slater,
  • Brett Morris,
  • Brent Tate,
  • Greg Inglis,
  • Darius Boyd,
  • Johnathan Thurston,
  • Cooper Cronk,
  • Matthew Scott,
  • Cameron Smith (C),
  • James Tamou,
  • Greg Bird,
  • Sam Thaiday,
  • Paul Gallen (VC).

Inter: Robbie Farah, Andrew Fifita, Luke Lewis, Corey Parker, Jarryd Hayne, Nate Myles (two to be omitted).



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