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Test duo Young, Farah clear the air

By Steve Jancetic 14/10/2010 07:05:10 PM Comments (0)

A cup of coffee could be the catalyst for a harmonious Kangaroos camp, with Dean Young describing his alleged racial vilification of Robbie Farah as a "non-issue" after clearing the air with his new Australian teammate.

St George Illawarra hooker Young reportedly called his Wests Tigers rival a "f..king wog" during their NRL preliminary final clash last month, with the Dragons rake eventually cleared of any wrongdoing by the NRL due to insufficient evidence.

On Thursday the pair came face to face for the first time since that night at ANZ Stadium as Australian teammates in camp in Sydney ahead of the Four Nations.

Asked if he had spoken with Farah - who declined to make an official complaint over the alleged remark - to clear the air, Young said: "I've spoken to him this morning and had a coffee.

"I feel I've moved on from the incident and so has he.

"I'm not interested in commenting on that situation. It's three or four weeks ago and they've cleared me and I've moved on.

"For me it's a non-issue."

But while the pair may have smoothed the waters off the field, it could be rough seas on it with the pair fighting to be next in line behind first choice No.9 Cameron Smith.

Young distanced himself from a personal battle with Farah, claiming his best hope of securing a first green and gold jumper would be on the bench as a backrower/hooker.

Test coach Tim Sheens has indicated he intends to use every player at some stage of the tournament, though organisers haven't done him any favours with the schedule handed to the Kangaroos.

Australia open up against rugby league minnows Papua New Guinea before games against England and New Zealand.

Ideally, the opening clash against the Kumuls would have been the game for Sheens to experiment with some players.

But given some of the more established members of his squad will not have played for two months before the October 24 clash at Parramatta Stadium, Sheens will want to give the majority of his first choice stars a hit-out ahead of some sterner tests.

Young claimed his versatility would be the key to him getting a start.

"I'm both - I'm a backrower who can play hooker," Young said of his preferred position.

"Hopefully that might get me a start in one of these games.

"I think my best chance will be jagging a spot on the bench in one of the games because I can cover if something happened to the hooker ... I can go on and play lock or second row - that's where my chances are.

"I'm not here to put my hand up and say I'm a specialist hooker because I'm not - hopefully my versatility can get me a go in one of these Tests.

"I'm not expecting to play all the games but I'd love to play one and go from there."

The squad held their first training session at WIN Jubilee Oval on Thursday, with Sheens not scheduled to name his side to face PNG until the Friday before the Test.

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