4 Nov 2010

Four changes to Australian rugby league team

4:09 pm on 4 November 2010

Todd Carney, Chris Lawrence, Matt Scott and Dean Young have all been selected to make their rugby league Test debuts for Australia in Saturday's Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland.

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has dropped fullback Billy Slater and captain Darren Lockyer to make way for Darius Boyd and new International Player of the Year Carney at five-eighth, with Cameron Smith taking over as skipper.

Sheens says the selections were merit-based and not because the Eden Park match is a dead rubber with with the two unbeaten teams set to meet again in Saturday week's final in Brisbane.

North Queensland prop Scott comes into the starting side with veteran Petero Civoniceva dropping to the bench while Wests Tigers centre Lawrence replaces Willie Tonga and Dragons hooker Young gets a spot in the bench.

Australia: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Brent Tate, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Todd Carney, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Dave Shillington, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Dean Young, Petero Civoniceva, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Robbie Farah, Kurt Gidley