Josh Addo-Carr’s NSW omission will NOT hinder his prospects of a World Cup call-up
No Origin, no problem! The NSW omission of Josh Addo-Carr will NOT hamper his prospects of a World Cup call-up as Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga discusses the Bulldogs star’s chances
- Josh Addo-Carr still has a chance to play for Australia at the World Cup
- The Bulldogs star has been left out of Brad Fittler’s NSW squad this year
- However, Mal Meninga says this will not affect his selection for the Kangaroos
Josh Addo-Carr may have inexplicably missed a place in Brad Fitter’s squad for Origin II, but Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga is not convinced the Bulldogs star will get a place on his side for the World Cup.
The Canterbury winger has been in sparkling form for Mick Potter in recent weeks, scoring five goals in his last three appearances but being overlooked by the Blues coach for their crucial game against Queensland in Perth.
Meninga usually places extra importance on appearances in Origin, but with Addo-Carr not appearing in the series this year, this has cast doubt on his roster for the Kangaroos.
Josh Addo-Carr still has a shot at making the World Cup roster despite his omission from Origin
New South Wales coach Brad Fitter has overlooked the fast winger ahead of Game 2 in Perth
But the Australian coach says Addo-Carr could be an exception as he reflects on his first roster since 2019.
“Josh Addo-Carr is obvious,” Meninga . told News Corp“I think he plays club football very well and he was with us in 2019. Origin is a good form guide, but I certainly wouldn’t rule him out.”
“Josh is a good tourist,” Meninga said, “and you have to have a nice mix in the team.
‘You should have a little fun and fun. He is a character and good to be around. Everyone likes his company. It’s not everything, but it’s important on long rides.’
But the 26-year-old is in sensational form for Canterbury and his failure is a shock
But Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says Addo-Carr still has a chance of being selected
“We used to be strong in loyalty with the incumbents, but we haven’t had a team since 2019, which makes it more difficult this time,” he said.
“Of course we value Origin highly, but club football at the end of the year and the final will also be very important.
“For example, we have four great whores in Origin, but I would also include Reed Mahoney in the discussions. He is an excellent player and you would expect Parramatta to be there at the end of the season. You never know.’
Meninga will not be attending Optus Stadium as he is currently in Manchester exploring facilities for the kangaroos to stay in later this year.
Manchester City’s training ground has been identified as a potential destination, and the Australian has been invited to view the facilities.