Australia's Aaron Woods is tackled by Scotland's Lachlan Coote and Dale Ferguson during their Four Nations match in Hull.
Australia's Aaron Woods is tackled by Scotland's Lachlan Coote and Dale Ferguson during their Four Nations match in Hull. Dave Howarth

Meninga keeping Kangaroos 'on their toes' over final 17

RUGBY LEAGUE: Prop Aaron Woods says "no one is safe” when it comes to selection in the Australian team to face New Zealand.

Despite their crushing win over Scotland in the Four Nations opener, the Kangaroos will make a number of changes, starting with recalling the likes of Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Darius Boyd, to play the Kiwis on Sunday morning (6am AEST) in Coventry.

"Everyone is on their toes. We have to work hard all week for the next game,” Woods said.

"(Coach Mal Meninga) wants everyone who gets the jersey to do their job and play like winners. You're playing for Australia, you don't want to let anyone down. It's a privilege to wear this jersey.”

Woods himself is locked in a battle with fellow front-rowers David Klemmer, Shannon Boyd and Trent Merrin for a spot in Meninga's final 17.

He missed the Kangaroos' win over the Kiwis in Perth last month for his wedding, before returning against the Scots.

"Mal has been unreal and told me to play my normal game,” Woods said. "He gave me a bit of extra (game) time and I was happy enough to stay on the field.

"I didn't put any extra pressure on myself. As long as I go out there and do my job for the team I know I've done the best job I can.”

Woods said the Kangaroos' focus was on making fast starts. They scored five tries in the opening 25 minutes last weekend.

"That was the focus all week to start fast and get over the advantage line, and making our tackles in defence,” he said.

"It's a Test match, you have to start fast. It's part of the game. Myself, Dave Klemmer and Jake Trbojevic wanted to get the boys on the front foot to let Coops (Cooper Cronk) and Jimmy Maloney play off the back of it.”


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