Australian Rugby League
Australian Rugby League

By John Davidson, (RLP RLWC Correspondent) Date: 23/11/13

Billy Slater could make a dramatic return for the World Cup final if Australia reaches Old Trafford, but first Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens is expecting a real fight against Fiji.

Speaking to the media at Wembley on Friday, Sheens said the injured Melbourne Storm fullback has been doing some training over the past few days.

“He could be some chance for next week,” Sheens said.

Sheens said the loss of Slater has not been a big distraction compared with the decision on who to play in the centres.

“Greg had a very good game [at fullback] against the Fijians last time,” he said. “It’s been replacing the left centre that’s been harder. [But] I think it will work out.”

Inglis is expected to start at fullback with two of Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings and Brent Tate to get the nod in the centres.”

Sheen believes Fiji will be primed for the semi-final.

“They’ve done very, very well,” he said.

“They’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. We’re expecting a very, very tough game. I think Fijian have improved since then [since the St Helens game]. In dry conditions it them, hopefully it should suit us as well.