Minichiello Wants To Avoid Jennings In World Cup

Sydney Roosters - Anthony MinichielloANTHONY Minichichiello says Michael Jennings can force his way into the Australian side for the World Cup – but he has an ulterior motive in pushing the claims of his Sydney Roosters team-mate.

Minichiello’s Italy is the in the same World Cup group as Tonga, for whom Jennings is expected to play if he misses out on green-and-gold selection.

The clash between the pair at Halifax’s The Shay on November 10 is seen by many as the game which will decide who gets the final semis berth behind Australia, New Zealand and England.

“We’ve said a little bit about it but he’s playing his cards close to his chest, he’s not saying who he’s playing for yet,” Minichiello tells RLW.

“There’s a few Tongan boys at the Roosters and a bit of banter going on.

“He could make the Australian side yet, the way he’s playing. I’d be happy with that – let him play for Australia and not against me!”

Jennings starred with two tries in the Roosters’ 30-6 in over his former club, Penrith, on Sunday. Jennings has played three times for Tonga and once for the green-and-golds.

Elsewhere in this week’s RLW, we reveal the star-studded Italian side is lining up a World Cup warm up with host nation England.

– STEVE MASCORD

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