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Burke likely to start Test

By Glenn Cullen 22/07/2003 07:36:15 PM Comments (0)

Wallaby fullback Matt Burke is expected to retain his starting spot when the Australian rugby squad to play New Zealand is announced.

While Australian coach Eddie Jones had initially indicated a move to outside centre may be in order for Burke, the Waratahs captain has been training at fullback and is now expected to retain that spot despite an unhappy last Test in the position.

Jones suggested as much and confirmed that out of Burke and the other potential fullback - Chris Latham - only one would start.

"We've got two very good players there at fullback in Burkey and Laths and really in essence it's about deciding which guy is going to start and the other guy will look at finishing," Jones said.

Burke, who injured his knee in March, looked short of a run in his return Test against the Springboks on July 12, doing little in attack and being strangely off kilter with his kicking game.

But the usually reliable 30-year-old is expected to be given another shot against New Zealand.

The 72-Test veteran gave little away after training.

"It's going across the board now when you look at the whole team and the squad that's involved at the moment," Burke told Channel 10.

"There's so many players vying for positions and it does get competitive - but in a nice way."

Elton Flatley and Mat Rogers are in the box seat to be the centre pairing with Steve Larkham set to start at five eighth.

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