Cameron Munster during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Cameron Munster during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Munster in frame for coveted Roos spot

AUSTRALIAN rookie Cameron Munster remains in the frame for the coveted Kangaroos No.6 jersey, according to frontrunner Michael Morgan.

But Morgan is in the box seat after guiding North Queensland to the unlikeliest of NRL grand finals.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has informed the squad every player will be used during the Rugby League World Cup, which kicks off at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.

The Kangaroos will complete their main training session on Tuesday and a debutant is expected to be named for the opener against old enemy England.

It's unlikely to be one of Melbourne Storm's candidates Munster and Felise Kaufusi.

Ex-Storm prop Jordan McLean, now with North Queensland, must be considered as the Kangaroos look to combat England's big pack.

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Cameron Munster in action for the Storm.
Cameron Munster in action for the Storm.

But Morgan is focused on staking his claim at five-eighth, vacated by injured Cowboys teammate and Immortal-in-waiting Johnathan Thurston.

"It's probably down to myself, Jimmy (James Maloney) and Cam (Munster), so hopefully I get a chance there (five-eighth) throughout the tournament," Morgan said.

"It's obviously where I prefer to play so that's what I'd rather.

"There's an opportunity there for someone to do that (make position their own), if I got first crack I'd be stoked."

Morgan, who's played seven games for Australia off the bench, starred for the Cowboys following Thurston's season-ending shoulder injury.

The 25-year-old paced the Cowboys through to the finals and then past Cronulla, Parramatta and Sydney before ultimately falling well short of Melbourne in the grand final.

But Morgan declared Storm five-eighth Munster "more than worthy" of snaring the green and gold No. 6 jersey.

"His Origin debut this year he had one of the best games that anyone's had so look it's going to be tough to nail it and stay there given who else is there in the position," Morgan said.

"You want competition for spots as well, you don't want to be there because there's no one else.

"I'm sure he'll be there at some stage."