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Boyd, Holmes give Meninga headaches

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6 days ago James MacSmith

The impressive Test debuts of Shannon Boyd and Valentine Holmes have given Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga some welcome Four Nations selection dilemmas.

With both Josh Mansour and Aaron Woods unavailable due to their weddings for Saturday's 26-6 win over New Zealand in Perth, Boyd and Holmes were given their first taste of international football at nib Stadium and didn't disappoint.

Meninga has guaranteed Woods and Mansour will play in Australia's Four Nations opener in two weeks against Scotland to give them valuable game time.

Beyond that Meninga will have some difficult choices to make for Australia's vital second round game against the Kiwis in Coventry on November 5.

Despite having just one training session together, Cronulla winger Holmes and his centre Greg Inglis were devastating on the Kangaroos left side.

Inglis crossed for a try double and Holmes helped himself to a try on debut.

"It was a great effort from Val, he didn't look out of place at all out there," Inglis told AAP.

"He has really fitted into the side. He has earned his spot after a great year and he showed what he can do out there.

"He still had some work to do to score that try but got there.

"Mal has some tough decisions to make ahead and that is one of the hardest things about being a coach."

Canberra prop Boyd was strong up front running for over 100m and helping to assert Australia's dominance early against the massive Kiwis pack.

Boyd will likely retain his spot in the 17 for the bigger Four Nations clashes, but Meninga will have to elect who out of him and Woods starts.

However Australia can only have one left winger, either Holmes or Mansour.

St George Illawarra starTyson Frizell also enjoyed a successful debut in the five-tries-to-one win against a gutsy but clumsy Kiwis side before a record crowd of 20,283.

Frizell came onto the bench for the Kangaroos after Josh Papalii withdrew midweek from the camp due to an ankle injury.

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