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Dugan hopeful of keeping Kangaroos spot

AAP logoAAP 30/10/2016 Ian McCullough

Josh Dugan has vowed to continue his try-scoring form for Australia if he can lock up one of the centre spots in Mal Meninga's side.

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

It proved to be the NSW representative's final contribution to the game as he was forced off the field with a head injury following an incident with Luke Douglas 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.

"It was more my balance. My brain was working but my body didn't want to follow. In a more important game I would take my time a bit more and try and get my wits about me a bit better."

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

It means 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 for Saturday on Wednesday.

"I've done my job the last couple of weeks, I'm hoping to play," he said.

"Away from the cameras, Mal is in my ear trying to help me with a few little things.

"He is always walking around getting one on one with the boys. I love playing for him. He has a great mentality and philosophies.

"The main one for me is be patient. I'm the kind of bloke that goes a hundred million an hour with everything. The thing for me is to be patient in attack and defence."

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