Kangaroo waits in the wings for Tri Nations selection



LEEDS, England ? Coach Wayne Bennett may think he is in doubt but utility trump Craig Wing has dismissed any concerns a chest injury will undermine his bid to be part of Australia's Tri Nations defence against New Zealand at Elland Road on Sunday morning.

"I'm sweet,'' said Wing.

Bennett was concerned about Wing's chest injury after it contributed to him missing the tackle that led to Great Britain's last try in last Saturday's 26-14 Test at Hull.

"It was bad enough that he missed the tackle that led to Great Britain's last try,'' said Bennett.

"It's still tender and sore so we'll see how it goes through the week and make a final decision later.''

Wests Tigers halfback Scott Prince, who was dropped for last week's Test against Great Britain, would get a recall if Wing succumbed to what is one of the most painful injuries a player can have.

Wing, who was called up as a late injury replacement when on holiday in Hawaii, suffered the injury playing in the Test against France in Perpignan.

He copped another whack on it in the win over Great Britain but like team-mate Craig Gower (quad) was confident of playing if selected.

"I don't even think I need a pad. I'm just wearing it at training for the week just in case,'' he said.

Bennett is still to decide on the final make-up of his 17-man Australian squad after naming 19 players.



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