15 Oct 2014

Sport: Young Samoan expected to make history for Kangaroos

11:48 am on 15 October 2014

Newcastle and Samoan teenager Sione Mata'utia is among 10 newcomers selected in coach Tim Sheens' 24-man Australian squad for rugby league's Four Nations tournament.

With a raft of big-name players unavailable for Kangaroos selection, Sheens has ushered in a new era.

Mata'utia, 18, has played just seven NRL games after debuting for the Knights in July.

Sheens says Mata'utia has had a good season and he was impressed with the skills the youngster showcased when playing for the Prime Ministers 13 against Papua New Guinea last weekend.

"His versatility and I think he's a kid of the future to be quite honest. I think quite a few people agree with me and the guys who played with him the other day after the game he dished up on Sunday, a couple of senior players agreed with me as well."

If he earns a start, Mata'utia will become the youngest Test player in Australian rugby league history.

Tim Sheens

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