Gallen primed for Kiwi showdown

He refuses to publicly state the clash with the Kiwis in Manchester shapes as payback for him and his Australian team mates, however Sharks skipper Paul Gallen remembers back to 2008 and the last time the two nations met in the World Cup final.


On that occasion the New Zealanders came out on top, with Gallen, as well as fellow Shark Andrew Fifita, preparing to contest his first World Cup Final, intent on not allowing a repeat of five years ago.


The two Sharks have been named in a 19-man Australian squad, one which includes fullback Billy Slater, with the Storm custodian looking to have overcome a knee injury suffered in the Kangaroos quarter final victory over the USA. Holden Kangaroos coach


A final decision on Slaters fitness will be made by coach Tim Sheens on game day.


The Kangaroos squad is: Cameron Smith , Greg Bird, Darius Boyd, Daly Cherry-Evans, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Fifita, Jarryd Hayne, Paul Gallen, Greg Inglis, Brett Morris, Nate Myles, Josh Papalii, Corey Parker, Matthew Scott, Billy Slater, James Tamou, Brent Tate, Sam Thaiday and Johnathan Thurston.


Gallen spoke to NRL.com in the lead up to the big game, which is set to kick off at 1.30am Sunday morning (Sydney time) at Old Trafford in Manchester, with the interview now playing on Sharks TV.