Moses to play for Roos one day, says Mal

For now he's wearing the Cedar green of Lebanon, but Mitchell Moses could one day be wearing the green and gold.

Moses to play for Roos one day, says Mal

Moses to play for Roos one day, says Mal

That's the prediction of Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, whose team have identified the Lebanon halves as their major threat in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup fixture in Sydney.

Moses was mentioned as a possible darkhorse selection for Australia in the lead-up to the tournament following his excellent season for Parramatta.

"He's certainly a player of the future, there's no doubt about that, his back end of the year with Parramatta was really, really good," Meninga said after Friday's captain's run.

Moses could play for Kangaroos in future, says Meninga. Pic: Getty

"It's good to see he's improving his game and I've got no doubt he'll play for NSW and Australia down the track, I'm not quite sure when."

Lebanon entered the World Cup as the lowest-ranked nation at No.18, however made history with a win over France in their opener and then pushing England last week.

Moses forms an all-NRL halves combination with veteran Robbie Farah, who Meninga also showered with praise for his form during Lebanon's campaign.

"He's always been a smart player. He's got a great kicking game, he's got a great temperament. He's composed, nothing fazes him," Meninga said.

"Defensively he's sound, he's a smart player. Playing the seven suits him. I'm pretty sure he'd be enjoying it, it looks like he's enjoying it. He's a dangerous proposition, him and Mitchell Moses."

Australia have all but cemented top spot in pool A and are likely to face Samoa in their quarter-final in Darwin next week.

And unless Lebanon pull off a famous upset, they are slated to meet the winner of the highly anticipated clash between New Zealand and Tonga in the final eight.

Lebanon coach Brad Fittler said the team had grown in confidence despite losing 29-10 to England.

"We made sure we didn't play our best team against England and a few boys are disappointed. The feeling was if we had our best team maybe we could've done better," he said.

"They've never lacked confidence this team."

Fittler also said a quarter-final finish would complete their pre-tournament goal of progressing through to the knockout stage, giving them automatic qualification to the next World Cup.

"We were ranked 21 coming into this tournament. The idea was to give the teams in the future a better opportunity," he said.

"If we do get into the quarter-finals, that'll mean an automatic position in the next World Cup and that's been our goal the whole way along, for something bigger for rugby league."

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