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No complacency for Kangaroos: Thurston

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 1/05/2014
Australia's Johnathan Thurston, centre, keeps the ball from New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams during their World Cup Final International Rugby League match at Old Trafford Stadium. © Jon Super/AP Photo Australia's Johnathan Thurston, centre, keeps the ball from New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams during their World Cup Final International Rugby League match at Old Trafford Stadium.

Australian five-eighth Johnathan Thurston claims there is too much pride and professionalism in the Kangaroos rugby league side to let complacency get the better of them against an understrength New Zealand on Friday.

The Kiwis have been ravaged by injuries to key players such as Kieran Foran, Elijah Taylor and Issac Luke and are will go into the Test as huge underdogs against the world champions at Allianz Stadium.

They also surprisingly left a number of available players out of the squad including Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

However, Thurston said the team have been preparing for the game no differently to how they did for last year's World Cup final in Manchester where they won 34-2.

"Our attitude is the same as it always is, it has to be," Thurston said.

"We've had a couple of sessions and we will do the best we can in this game against a side that has nothing to lose."

"There is enough experienced players in this team to not be complacent, we're wearing the green and gold and you don't perform then (coach) Tim (Sheens) is not afraid to make changes.

"If you don't someone will slot in and do the job better."

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