Farrah even willing to play front row against NZ
STATE of Origin-winning hooker Robbie Farah says he is ready for "anything" in Saturday night's Four Nations series opener against an unpredictable New Zealand - and will even play in the front row if needed.
Australian coach Tim Sheens is on the verge of equalling the record of eight rookies in 2007 when he confirms his 17-man squad for the clash, with Farah tipping the game will provide a preview of the next generation of Kangaroos.
"Cam (Cameron Smith) and Cooper (Cooper Cronk) are still there running the side and GI (Greg Inglis) is at the back. Cheza (Daly Cherry-Evans) has been a part of the system for a couple of years, so it's more the guys that come in will have to work around the spine," the Wests Tigers hooker said.
The big changes will be in the centres with Jarryd Hayne gone and Justin Hodges unavailable. Those spots will most likely go to Michael Jennings and electrifying South Sydney youngster Dylan Walker, who has impressed Farah at training.
"Dylan Walker, you see at training how explosive he is with his acceleration. He's got great hands too. He played some five-eighth with Souths earlier in the year and you can see why they put him there," Farah said.
"He's a confident kid, very skilful. He's one that will make a real impact in this tournament."
Farah, who has defied a request from new Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor to give up international football, also said plenty of the rookies had played Origin or NRL grand finals and would be able to handle the pressure, including Tigers and NSW teammate Aaron Woods.
"I've got massive raps on Woodsie," Farah said.
"He leads the line for us in this tournament. He's only 23, and people tend to forget that. He plays a lot older than that."