Rugby League World Cup: Daly Cherry-Evans relishes rivalry for places
Last Updated: November 2, 2013 7:29am
Daly Cherry-Evans: Relishing rivalry for places
Daly Cherry-Evans is aiming to top off an outstanding year by establishing himself in Australia's match-day squad at the Rugby League World Cup.
The Manly Sea Eagles scrum-half, who was man of the match in the NRL Grand Final last month, is one of seven changes made for Saturday's Group A match against Fiji at St Helens.
Cooper Cronk is expected to return for the final pool match against Ireland in Limerick but a place on the bench is a realistic target for Cherry-Evans, who watched the Kangaroos' opening 28-20 win over England from the stands at the Millennium Stadium.
"I'd be pretty confident in saying all of us sitting on the sidelines were disappointed not to be involved," said Cherry-Evans, who won his only previous cap against Wales in a dead rubber during the 2011 Four Nations Series.
"We've got such a strong squad that everyone is more than capable of coming in and filling a spot.
"In the best teams the competition always has to be quite intense and on the training paddock it's always a good little rivalry.
"We are always testing ourselves against each other but, come game day, whoever Tim (Sheens) picks in the six and seven will do a more than capable job.
"I've been able to represent my country once before and it's been a couple of years now, so I'm really excited to be wearing the green and gold again this weekend against a very strong Fiji outfit."