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Dugan hopeful of keeping Kangaroos spot

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/10/2016 Ian McCullough

Josh Dugan has vowed to continue his Four Nations form for Australia if he can lock up one of the centre spots to face the Kiwis.

The St George Illawarra star's 60-metre effort was his first international four-pointer and the pick of the Kangaroos' 10 tries in their facile 54-12 win over Scotland on Friday.

It proved to be Dugan's final contribution to the game as he was forced off the field with a head injury but he insists he'll be fit to face New Zealand on Saturday if selected.

"I was a bit fuzzy-eyed and was seeing stars for a little bit there but when I came off I was fully aware of where I was," Dugan said.

"I didn't have any memory loss. I still remember the game."

Greg Inglis will return for the Kiwis clash at left centre with Justin O'Neill, who played well on debut against the Scots, likely to drop out.

It means coach Mal Meninga may choose between Dugan and Blake Ferguson, who scored the first try against the Scots from the wing, for the right centre spot.

Dugan has started all three games of Meninga's reign as coach and he hopes that will count for something when he names his team on Wednesday.

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