Another loss for the Kangaroos as Mansour earns call-up

Josh Mansour will complete a remarkable recovery from an ACL tear to represent the Kangaroos at the Rugby League World Cup.

 

Mansour's return comes after Darius Boyd was ruled out from the squad after failing a medical examination on his injured hamstring.

Boyd expected to be fit for the tournament starting on October 27 following a failed attempt at playing in the Broncos' preliminary finals loss to the Storm.

“Obviously it’s disappointing for Darius, who has been a fantastic player for the Kangaroos,” coach Mal Meninga said.

“It will be wonderful to see Josh back in the Kangaroos jersey after his injury in last year’s Four Nations.

“I know how disappointed he was to be injured last year and I know how passionate he is about the green and gold.

“It is a credit to him that he has been able to return to the highest representative honours.”

What a comeback season for Mansour. Pic: Getty

The loss of Boyd is a further blow to the Kangaroos, after Andrew Fifita quit the team on Thursday to join Tonga.

In snubbing short-priced favourites Australia, Fifita is turning down a potential $50,000 pay cheque for winning the World Cup, with Tonga players expected to take home just $3000 for their participation.

"Andrew called me and said he was passionate about playing for Tonga and I respect and support that decision," Meninga said in a statement.

"It is obviously a significant boost for Tonga as well as the World Cup - and international rugby league in general."

Penrith forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been called into the Kangaroos squad to replace Fifita.

"It is also a great opportunity for someone like Reagan, who has been outstanding for the Panthers," Meninga said.

"I'm extremely excited about seeing Reagan in a Kangaroos jersey."

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