LGIAsuper's Four Nations preview

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Are you bored with the cricket season already? Suffering from NRL withdrawals? Don’t despair! The 2016 Four Nations tournament is about to begin! Who will take home the trophy? Here is LGIAsuper’s guide to each team and their chance of success.


Why they’ll win it

Fresh off a resounding 26-6 win over the Kiwis in Perth, the Kangaroos will enter this year’s tournament as firm favourites. The spine of Boyd, Thurston, Cronk and Smith is world class and the Aussie bench contains genuine game breakers in Tyson Frizell and LGIAsuper Player Ambassador Michael Morgan.

Areas of concern

Complacency. The Kangaroos boast match-winners across the park but they have a reputation for cruising during matches. They won’t get away with that in this tournament. Australia will need to be at their very best to win.

New Zealand

Why they’ll win it

Big, mobile and more physical than an Olivia Newton John music video, the New Zealand forward pack holds the key to their side’s Four Nations hopes. Bromwich, Waerea-Hargreaves, Taumalolo, Taupau, Tapine and Blair will look to ‘bend the line’, creating space for the likes of Shaun Johnson, Isaac Luke and Melbourne Storm duo Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris out wide.

Areas of concern

The Kiwis were competitive for large periods of the recent test match in Perth but their execution at key moments cost them dearly. It wasn’t the best introduction for new coach David Kidwell but the 25-test veteran knows as well as anyone that the Kiwis save their best performances for the ‘business end’ of tournaments.


Why they’ll win it

Under super coach Wayne Bennett, England will fancy their chances of going all the way in this year’s Four Nations. Hooker Josh Hodgson is in career best form and their pack includes inspirational leaders James Graham and Sam Burgess. Expect Dan Sarginson to have a big tournament, along with mercurial try scorer Ryan Hall.

Areas of concern

Home ground advantage hasn’t been kind to England in the past and the greater the expectation the greater they seem to struggle. With Wayne Bennett at the helm, we’re expecting a mentally tougher England side this time around but doubts remain on their ability to ‘close out’ matches. England’s halves need to step up – big time.


Why they’ll win it

If Scotland are to pull off the upset of all upsets, their star halfback Danny Brough needs to fire on all cylinders. The 2013 Super League Man of Steel will be hoping his forward pack can lay a decent foundation for him to show off his silky smooth skills. Brough’s kicking game could prove decisive in the wet and slippery conditions forecast for the north of England. 

Areas of concern

The inclusion of Luke Douglas, Euan Aitken, Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett adds much needed NRL experience to the Scotland squad but the Bravehearts still lack depth in key positions and will be extremely lucky to register a win this tournament. 

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