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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has named six debutants in his side to face Scotland in Australia’s second group stage clash.

Panthers star Nathan Cleary (Kangaroos number 841) alongside teammates Liam Martin (843) and Isaah Yeo (844) will wear the famous green and gold strip for the first time.

Meanwhile, Matt Burton (840), Campbell Graham (842) and Lindsay Collins (845) will also debut.

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Collins will come off the bench, while Burton has been picked to play in the centres ahead of Graham who will sit outside Jack Wighton on the wing.

Cleary takes Daly Cherry-Evans spot at halfback, while both Martin and Yeo will take their places in the backrow and at lock respectively.

Cherry-Evans remains in the side as 18th man, while Cowboys young gun Jeremiah Nanai has been named as 19th man.

Meninga explained this clash will also serve as a selection trial, hoping to finalise his side moving past the group stage.

“It was ideal for the Grand Final players to have a rest in the opening game, and I’m looking forward to seeing them play against Scotland,” Meninga said in a statement.

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“I was pleased with our performance against Fiji, but I know we need to improve throughout the tournament. We have new players this week, as we continue to build combinations for the remainder of the tournament.”

Jack Wighton will also start for the first time this World Cup, while Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Patrick Carrigan forge a new front row partnership.

After Harry Grant’s masterclass against Fiji he has earnt the starting spot, with Ben Hunt shifting to the bench.

Valentine Holmes and Jake Trbojevic will also be used as interchange players against Scotland after starting the Kangaroos’ first game.

Kangaroos team vs Scotland at Coventry Building Society Arena, Saturday 5:30am AEDT

1. James Tedesco (c)

9. Josh Addo-Carr

12. Matt Burton*

10. Jack Wighton

19. Campbell Graham*

7. Cameron Munster

14. Nathan Cleary*

6. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

20. Harry Grant

13. Patrick Carrigan

17. Angus Crichton

21. Liam Martin*

24. Isaah Yeo* (VC)

Interchange

3. Ben Hunt

15. Lindsay Collins*

4. Valentine Holmes

5. Jake Trbojevic

18th Man – Daly Cherry-Evans (2)

19th Man – Jeremiah Nanai (22)

*Denotes Kangaroos debutant

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