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Petero not ruling out Test footy in 2012

Angela Habashy 25/10/2010 03:26:56 PM Comments (0)

While record-breaking Darren Lockyer says Sunday's Four Nations clash was his last Test on Sydney soil, his veteran offsider Petero Civoniceva hasn't ruled out playing at Test level come 2012.

With next May's one-off Test against New Zealand being held across the Tasman, and the 2011 Four Nations back in Europe, Lockyer feels the 42-0 drubbing of Papua New Guinea at Parramatta Stadium would very likely be his last Test in Sydney.

But 34-year-old Civoniceva, thought to be in the same boat as Lockyer, isn't quite ready to follow suit.

"I'm still enjoying playing football at this level and the body's holding up ok," the Penrith skipper said at a Kangaroos recovery session on Monday.

"I still use a lot of strapping, but I'm getting there.

"We'll just have to wait and see how the body holds up next year."

With a four-pointer against the Kumuls, Lockyer passed Ken Irvine as Australia's leading Test try-scorer with 34, and Civoniceva believes it's only a matter of time before the Broncos' skipper is made an Immortal.

"He's a legend of a player," the former Bronco explained.

"I feel very fortunate to have played most of my career along side him.

"He's warranted all the accolades that have come his way and I don't think it will be a long time till he's an Immortal.

"He thoroughly deserves it and he's a great leader."

And while Sunday night's clash produced a one-sided victory on paper, Civoniceva feels the scoreline didn't quite tell the full story - going as far as suggesting a win in the Four Nations tournament may even be within reach for the Kumuls.

"They're tough men and they play a tough style of football, a bit unorthodox at times but it was certainly a good warm-up for us," he said.

"They're definitely going to trouble a lot of teams.

"They play with a lot of passion and a lot of commitment, they have a lot of pride wearing that Papua New Guinea jersey.

"Rugby league is the number one sport there so obviously they'll want to do their country proud."

Australia have a few injury concerns from the physical encounter, with Lockyer, Sam Thaiday and Kurt Gidley all requiring stitches while Anthony Watmough aggravated a groin injury, but all have been declared fit for their Four Nations next match.

PNG are set to take on New Zealand in Rotorua on Saturday while Australia face England in Melbourne on Sunday.

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