KANGAROOS rookie Shannon Boyd admits he found it daunting to join a group of players that included huge names like Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis in camp.
Boyd, 24, hasn’t played State of Origin yet, but his outstanding form at prop for Canberra in their fantastic run over the second half of the season convinced Australia coach Mal Meninga to include him in the squad for the Four Nations tournament.
The big fellow, who says he plays at about 125 kilograms, is set to make his Test debut against New Zealand at nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday.
“It’s pretty daunting coming in with all these high-profile players, only being a young fellow,” Boyd says.
“But they’ve all been very welcoming and taken me in.”
Boyd says Meninga has told all of the players in the squad to expect to get a game at some stage.
“He said we’re going to get our opportunity, we’ll get a game, so sort of take it when you get it,” he says.
Boyd says the huge Kiwis pack, led by Jesse Bromwich and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in the front-row, will provide a tremendous challenge for the Aussies.
“They’ve got a very strong side in the middle and on the edges as well, so they’re going to be a bruising forward pack and we’re going to have to try to make sure they don’t get over the top of us,” he says.