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Parker deserves Roos sendoff: Woods

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Laine Clark

He can be forgiven for hoping to see the back of Corey Parker.

But NSW prop Aaron Woods says the retiring Queensland lock deserves a Four Nations send-off with the Kangaroos.

Debate has raged over whether 34-year-old Parker should be gifted a last hurrah in the end-of-season Four Nations in the UK with selectors supposed to be planning for next year's World Cup.

Despite officially retiring after Brisbane were knocked out in last week's NRL semi-final, Parker was one of eight players added to the Kangaroos train-on squad.

Woods will be vying for a spot in the Kangaroos' Four Nations pack when he runs out for the Prime Minister's XIII clash with a PNG XIII at Port Moresby on Saturday.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has made no secret of the fact that the PNG clash will be used as an official trial for the 24-strong Four Nations squad to be announced next month.

Woods admitted it would be tough to crack the squad but had no problem with his Queensland tormentor Parker being given another shot at a Kangaroos jersey.

"He definitely deserves it," he said of 13-Test veteran Parker at PM XIII training in Brisbane on Wednesday.

"He has been around a long time now but I still think he is playing incredible footy - no doubt he will be selected.

"Guys like Corey and Gal (Cronulla's Paul Gallen), you have to admire their durability to still be playing at this level."

Parker received an Origin send-off after Queensland won their 10th series in 11 years against Woods' long suffering Blues.

He took centre stage at Suncorp Stadium after his final NRL home game for the Broncos.

And he enjoyed an emotional guard of honour after his 347-game NRL career finally came to a close with Brisbane's extra-time semi-final loss to North Queensland in Townsville last week.

Yet Dragons veteran Benji Marshall agreed Parker should be given yet another farewell, this time in the green and gold.

"There's been a bit of debate about it ... but he is the best lock in the competition - he deserves to go ( to the Four Nations)," he told Fox Sports' NRL 360.

"What about ... using your best players available?"

Mick Ennis of Cronulla - who will retire at season's end - said the Kangaroos could still plan for the future by picking Parker.

"It's important that you pick Corey along with a young player and say 'watch this bloke (Parker) and see what he does because next year it is going to be you'," Ennis said.

"Let him help build the culture."

Woods and the 18-strong Prime Minister's XIII squad will fly out of Brisbane for PNG on Thursday.

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